As your furnace starts up and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s normal for it to make 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 several approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.

1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help our professionals find little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.

If minor furnace troubles go ignored, they may lead to trouble down the road. By finding these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.

And most critical, professional 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 energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it break down faster.

Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Monthly
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

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

3. Contact Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly 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 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 occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional support for this trouble, since it might 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 few things.

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

All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 402-509-5940. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure 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 checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.

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 produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from an experienced 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 component is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.

These issues are typically uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues need pro help.

At Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 402-509-5940 to schedule an appointment right away.