As your furnace switches on and prepares to heat your home, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us uncover small issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go unnoticed, they may lead to a malfunction in the future. By uncovering these problems in advance, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And, most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra gas and make it wear out more quickly.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Air Concepts of Middle Georgia When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Air Concepts of Middle Georgia for furnace repair in Middle Georgia.
Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced assistance for this problem, since it could be caused 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? 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 merely a bothersome noise, because the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Air Concepts of Middle Georgia a ring at 478-200-5689. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods fix the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require 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 usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems call for assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Air Concepts of Middle Georgia.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal part is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are often unearthed during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these issues call for skilled assistance.
At Air Concepts of Middle Georgia, our experts are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 478-200-5689 to book an appointment today.