As your furnace switches on and gets ready to add warmth to your home, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower operating, 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. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals discover small problems that could make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go unnoticed, they may lead to an issue later on. By unearthing these troubles early, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And, most essential, 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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up more energy and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Miller Climate Control LLC When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Miller Climate Control LLC for furnace repair in Georgetown.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having issues draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced help 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 great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an annoying noise, as the accumulated gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Miller Climate Control LLC a shout at 512-937-2001. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running properly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things fix the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.
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 usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require support from a professional heating and cooling company like Miller Climate Control LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often an indication that an internal component is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These problems are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems need skilled support.
At Miller Climate Control LLC, our experts are here to help you unwind in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 512-937-2001 to book an appointment right away.