As your furnace starts up and gets ready to add warmth to your residence, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover little issues that could make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go ignored, they may cause trouble down the road. By unearthing these issues sooner, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most important, 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 utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, 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 stop working faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Luikart Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Luikart Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Newark.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional support for this problem, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the built-up 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 overlooked regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Luikart Heating & Cooling a ring at 740-344-5497. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for 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 issue. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need 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 usually a symptom that an internal piece is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These problems are typically uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues need specialized support.
At Luikart Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 740-344-5497 to schedule an appointment today.