As your furnace starts up and gets ready to heat your home, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us find minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you prevent a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go unnoticed, they may cause trouble down the road. By discovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.
And most critical, professional 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 gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Luikart Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Luikart Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Newark.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it might 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 great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Luikart Heating & Cooling a shout at 740-200-5591. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork might 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 an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Luikart Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal component is breaking down. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are frequently uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these issues need specialized help.
At Luikart Heating & Cooling, our professionals are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 740-200-5591 to request an appointment now.