As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your home, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us spot small issues that might make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go ignored, they may result in trouble in the future. By uncovering these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces 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. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Bell Mechanical Services When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Bell Mechanical Services for furnace repair in McKinney and Frisco.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional 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 great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Bell Mechanical Services a call at 888-863-0560. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
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 often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Bell Mechanical Services.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal part is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These problems are typically uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled support.
At Bell Mechanical Services, our experts 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 888-863-0560 to request an appointment today.