As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover little issues that might make your furnace loud. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go ignored, they may lead to trouble later on. By finding these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or weird noises, you might need to call 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 fix them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want professional} 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 few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. a ring at 570-648-0748. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC tech.
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 usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc..
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal component is dying. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These problems are frequently uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems need professional help.
At LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc., our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 570-648-0748 to get an appointment right away.