As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your home, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you prevent 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 repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go unnoticed, they may lead to a malfunction in the future. By finding these issues early, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra gas and make it wear out more quickly.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc for furnace repair in Oxford.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro assistance for this problem, since it could be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance this year and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the increased gas is exploding in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc a shout at 662-281-1231. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working accurately.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things take care of the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for 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 an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a sign that an internal component is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are usually unearthed during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be created by issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these issues call for skilled help.
At Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or making weird sounds, contact us at 662-281-1231 to schedule an appointment today.