As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros spot minor problems that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles keep on being unnoticed, they can cause a breakdown later on. By finding these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
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 energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more gas and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services for furnace repair in Anchorage.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to fix them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced help for this issue, since it may be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is exploding in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services a shout at 907-202-9798. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running safely.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods take care of the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC tech.
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 usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually an indication that an internal component is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These issues are often unearthed during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these issues need professional help.
At Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services, our professionals are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 907-202-9798 to request an appointment today.