As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your residence, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros spot little issues that can make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go unnoticed, they may cause trouble down the road. By unearthing these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or odd noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Omaha.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional} support for this problem, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 402-509-5940. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying 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 assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These problems are often uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these issues need skilled help.
At Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 402-509-5940 to schedule an appointment right away.