As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your home, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals uncover little troubles that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems are left undetected, they can result in an issue down the road. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And, most essential, pro 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. Frequently Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra energy and make it break down more quickly.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or strange noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in West Valley City.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro assistance for this issue, since it can 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 might mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the increased gas is igniting in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-305-4777. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running safely.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal part is going out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These issues are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can mean a couple of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these problems need skilled help.
At Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating weird sounds, contact us at 801-305-4777 to schedule an appointment now.