As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your residence, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover minor issues that could make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may result in trouble down the road. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.
And most important, 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 energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with James Heating & A/C, Inc When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like James Heating & A/C, Inc for furnace repair in Lexington.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional} support for this problem, since it may 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 had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give James Heating & A/C, Inc a ring at 336-853-6070. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since 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 closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC tech.
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 faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help 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 component is going out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are typically uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these problems need professional support.
At James Heating & A/C, Inc, our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 336-853-6070 to book an appointment right away.