As your furnace switches on and prepares to heat your home, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us spot small problems that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you sidestep a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems are left undetected, they could lead to an issue later on. By discovering these problems early, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, 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 heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra energy and make it break down faster.
Our advice for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. for furnace repair in Paxinos.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled support for this problem, since it may be caused 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 may mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just a bothersome noise, since the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call at 570-648-0748. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating properly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps take care of the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles require help from an experienced heating and cooling company like LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc..
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal piece is breaking down. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are frequently caught during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these troubles require pro support.
At LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc., our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 570-648-0748 to get an appointment today.