As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
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 very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals find minor troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles are left ignored, they might lead to a breakdown later on. By discovering these issues early, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And, most essential, 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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it stop working more rapidly.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact James Heating & A/C, Inc When Your Furnace is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like James Heating & A/C, Inc for furnace repair in Lexington.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled help for this problem, since it may be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the accumulated 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 yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give James Heating & A/C, Inc a shout at 336-853-6070. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running properly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
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 sputtering blower fan motor, which will create 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 skilled heating and cooling company like James Heating & A/C, Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are often uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles need pro help.
At James Heating & A/C, Inc, our professionals are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making odd sounds, contact us at 336-853-6070 to get an appointment right away.