As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros discover minor problems that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues keep on being ignored, they may cause a breakdown later on. By unearthing these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces 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 Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, 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 faster.
Our advice for installing a new 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 The Frazier Company When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like The Frazier Company for furnace repair in Omaha.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want professional 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than just a bothersome noise, since the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give The Frazier Company a call at 402-628-0206. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running properly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at 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 home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps take care of the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a professional heating and cooling company like The Frazier Company.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a sign that an internal part is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are typically unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be created by troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these problems need skilled support.
At The Frazier Company, our professionals 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 402-628-0206 to book an appointment today.