As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals spot little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues go undetected, they may result in trouble later on. By unearthing these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your 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 consume additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Warrenton.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro} support for this trouble, since it can 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 a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make 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 igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning a shout at 636-456-5041. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for 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 problem. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these problems need specialized assistance.
At Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 636-456-5041 to book an appointment right away.