As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals uncover minor issues that can make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
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 utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Miller Climate Control LLC When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or strange noises, you should call 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 fix 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 since they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled support for this problem, since it can 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 could mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Miller Climate Control LLC a ring at 512-937-2001. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, 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, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help 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 typically a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are typically uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these issues need professional support.
At Miller Climate Control LLC, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 512-937-2001 to request an appointment right away.