As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your home, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros discover small problems that might make your furnace loud. And maybe help you sidestep a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles keep on being undetected, they can lead to a malfunction down the road. By finding these troubles in advance, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most critical, 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 costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your 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 consume additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Tri County Climate Control LLC When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Tri County Climate Control LLC for furnace repair in Bend.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro 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 several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, since the increased gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked annual service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Tri County Climate Control LLC a ring at 541-238-2797. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working properly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods fix the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Tri County Climate Control LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a sign that an internal component is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These issues are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these troubles call for professional support.
At Tri County Climate Control LLC, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating strange sounds, contact us at 541-238-2797 to schedule an appointment now.