As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your home, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals spot small troubles that can make your furnace loud. And potentially help you prevent a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go undetected, they could cause trouble later on. By finding these troubles in advance, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And, most critical, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components 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. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to get a new filter more regularly 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, often older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Faust Air Conditioning and Heating for furnace repair in Wharton.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional help for this problem, since it might be the result of 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 can mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making 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 racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is igniting in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected annual service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Faust Air Conditioning and Heating a ring at 979-323-6130. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working accurately.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things take care of the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
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 frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Faust Air Conditioning and Heating.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically an indication that an internal component is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are frequently unearthed during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these issues need skilled help.
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 creating weird sounds, contact us at 979-323-6130 to book an appointment today.