As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals discover little issues that might make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go unnoticed, they may result in trouble down the road. By unearthing these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most critical, 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 gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to call 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 on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro} 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 good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups 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 double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro 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 usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support 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 typically a symptom that an internal piece is worn 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 to be cleaned.
These issues are often uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these troubles need skilled support.
At Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 662-281-1231 to schedule an appointment today.