As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your house, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us spot minor problems that can make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go ignored, they could result in trouble in the future. By uncovering these troubles early, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Put in a New 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 more than it should. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra gas and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Stieferman Heating Company Inc When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Stieferman Heating Company Inc for furnace repair in Jefferson City.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this trouble, since it might be created 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 could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, since the built-up gas is igniting in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten yearly service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Stieferman Heating Company Inc a shout at 573-635-3547. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking 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 throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods fix the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for 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 frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for help from a professional heating and cooling company like Stieferman Heating Company Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often an indication that an internal piece is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are often unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these problems need professional assistance.
At Stieferman Heating Company Inc, our professionals are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating weird sounds, contact us at 573-635-3547 to request an appointment now.