As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us spot small issues that might make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go ignored, they may lead to trouble down the road. By finding these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, professional 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 energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’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 eat up additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or strange noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Yukon.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional} support for this trouble, since it may 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 might mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 405-494-7444. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call 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 issue. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is dying. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are usually uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these troubles need professional assistance.
At Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 405-494-7444 to schedule an appointment today.