As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us find minor troubles that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go unnoticed, they may result in trouble later on. By discovering these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And, most important, 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Luikart Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Luikart Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Newark.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out 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 because they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional help for this issue, since it might be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an annoying noise, since the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Luikart Heating & Cooling a call at 740-200-5591. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running accurately.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods fix the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles require help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Luikart Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal component is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are typically caught during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to check with 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 problems. All these troubles call for professional support.
At Luikart Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making strange sounds, contact us at 740-200-5591 to schedule an appointment right away.