As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your home, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover minor issues that can make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go ignored, they may cause trouble down the road. By discovering these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.
And most essential, 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Fairfield Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Fairfield Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Lancaster.
Here are a few noises to be looking 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 since they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled} support for this problem, since it could 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 may mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Fairfield Heating & Cooling a ring at 740-331-4331. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at 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 steps repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. 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 a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Fairfield Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is dying. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These problems are typically uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these problems need professional help.
At Fairfield Heating & Cooling, 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 740-331-4331 to book an appointment now.