As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your home, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us find minor problems that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems keep on being unnoticed, they could result in an issue in the future. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most essential, pro 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 gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more energy and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Total Comfort When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Total Comfort for furnace repair in Franklin Lakes.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced help for this issue, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked annual service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Total Comfort a ring at 201-268-5663. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods fix the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Total Comfort.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal part is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are usually unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be created by troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these troubles call for specialized support.
At Total Comfort, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making weird sounds, contact us at 201-268-5663 to request an appointment now.