As your furnace starts up and gets ready to add warmth to your home, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us spot small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you prevent a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By finding these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Air Current AC & Heat When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or strange noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Air Current AC & Heat for furnace repair in Houston.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Air Current AC & Heat a shout at 713-322-4318. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. 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 things repair the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require 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 electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Air Current AC & Heat.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal component is dying. 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 uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues need professional assistance.
At Air Current AC & Heat, our experts are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 713-322-4318 to request an appointment today.