As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals spot little issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By finding these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Dave's Diversified Services When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or odd noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Dave's Diversified Services for furnace repair in Front Royal.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this problem, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Dave's Diversified Services a ring at 540-636-3396. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Dave's Diversified Services.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal component is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are often uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these troubles need skilled assistance.
At Dave's Diversified Services, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 540-636-3396 to book an appointment now.