As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your residence, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us uncover minor issues that might make your furnace loud. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go ignored, they may cause trouble later on. By uncovering these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for replacing 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 Miller Climate Control LLC When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or odd noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Miller Climate Control LLC for furnace repair in Georgetown.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional} 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Miller Climate Control LLC a call at 512-937-2001. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, since 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 closed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
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 faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Miller Climate Control LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these issues need skilled assistance.
At Miller Climate Control LLC, 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 512-937-2001 to get an appointment today.