As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your home, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us uncover small issues that can make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go unnoticed, they may lead to trouble down the road. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our advice 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 When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Select Comfort Systems for furnace repair in West Valley City.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional support for this trouble, since it could 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside 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 an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Select Comfort Systems a ring at 801-305-4777. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for 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 electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Select Comfort Systems.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are usually uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these problems need skilled help.
At Select Comfort Systems, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 801-305-4777 to get an appointment right away.