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3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Operate Less Noisily

As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your house, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up steps.

But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.

1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help our pros spot minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace issues are left ignored, they might lead to an issue later on. By finding these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.

And, most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra gas and make it wear out more quickly.

Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Monthly
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Get in Touch with Faust Air Conditioning and Heating When Your Furnace is Making Weird Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Faust Air Conditioning and Heating for furnace repair in Wharton.

Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of 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 exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced help for this issue, since it may be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a good indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean several things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve neglected yearly service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Faust Air Conditioning and Heating a call at 979-323-6130. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working accurately.

Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.

We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call 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 issue. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Faust Air Conditioning and Heating.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal piece is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.

These troubles are typically unearthed during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may mean a couple of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these troubles call for pro support.

At Faust Air Conditioning and Heating, our specialists are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 979-323-6130 to schedule an appointment today.

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