As your furnace starts up and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros uncover minor issues that can make your furnace loud. And potentially help you prevent a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may lead to trouble down the road. By discovering these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.
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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Stieferman Heating Company Inc When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very 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 couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to fix 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 differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support for this issue, since it may 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 may mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Stieferman Heating Company Inc a call at 573-635-3547. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair 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 flag 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 begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Stieferman Heating Company Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom 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 a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These problems are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these troubles need skilled help.
At Stieferman Heating Company Inc, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 573-635-3547 to request an appointment now.