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Make Your Furnace Heat More Quietly with These 3 Methods

As your furnace switches on and gets ready to heat your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.

But there are several things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.

1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our pros discover little problems that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If little furnace issues go ignored, they can result in a malfunction down the road. By discovering these issues early, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.

And, most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas bills, 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 gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more fuel and make it stop working more quickly.

Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Once a month
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You might have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Get in Touch with Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. When Your Furnace is Making Weird Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for furnace repair in Oxford.

Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to contact a professional.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this trouble, since it can be caused 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 can mean a couple of things.

Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.

All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, because the accumulated gas is exploding in your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting 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 make sure it’s operating safely.

Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.

We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles require help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc..

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a sign that an internal piece is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.

These troubles are often uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may mean a couple of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues require pro help.

At Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., our experts are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 662-281-1231 to request an appointment today.

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