As your furnace turns on and prepares to heat your residence, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals find minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues are left unnoticed, they may result in trouble later on. By finding these troubles in advance, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, 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 utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more gas and make it break down more quickly.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Kearney.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro support for this problem, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance this year and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only a bothersome noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 308-624-3485. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working safely.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure 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 issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require support from a professional heating and cooling company like Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal part is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are often unearthed during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house 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 can be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these problems call for specialized help.
At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you relax in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 308-624-3485 to book an appointment today.