As your furnace turns on and prepares to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something huge goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals discover minor problems that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you avoid a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems keep on being undetected, they can result in an issue later on. By unearthing these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And, most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your 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. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call B & B Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or strange noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like B & B Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Florissant.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this problem, since it can be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, as the built-up gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected yearly service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give B & B Heating & Cooling a ring at 314-325-7552. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working accurately.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things fix the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require 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 problem. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering 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 troubles need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like B & B Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal component is dying. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These problems are often unearthed during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled help.
At B & B Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or creating odd sounds, contact us at 314-325-7552 to get an appointment right away.