As your furnace turns on and prepares to warm up your house, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros spot small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go unnoticed, they may cause trouble later on. By uncovering these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.
And most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Wyandotte.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix 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 due to the fact they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support for this trouble, since it might be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 734-284-1224. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
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 produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This might 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 home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these troubles need pro assistance.
At Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning, our specialists 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 734-284-1224 to get an appointment today.