As your furnace starts up and begins to heat your house, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros uncover little issues that could make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go ignored, they may result in trouble later on. By unearthing these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed 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 expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Tri County Climate Control LLC When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Tri County Climate Control LLC for furnace repair in Bend.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced support for this issue, since it may 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 few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Tri County Climate Control LLC a ring at 541-238-2797. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches 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, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork could 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 symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Tri County Climate Control LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are often uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these troubles need pro assistance.
At Tri County Climate Control LLC, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 541-238-2797 to request an appointment today.