As your furnace switches on and gets ready to heat your home, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us spot small issues that can make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go undetected, they may cause trouble later on. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And most critical, pro 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 heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call B&D Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like B&D Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Safford.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of 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 in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled support for this trouble, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give B&D Air Conditioning a shout at 928-432-6018. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a dying 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 troubles need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like B&D Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These issues are often uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need specialized help.
At B&D Air Conditioning, our professionals are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 928-432-6018 to schedule an appointment right away.