As your furnace switches on and gets ready to heat 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 steps.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals discover little issues that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you avoid a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most important, pro 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 energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as 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: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or weird noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating for furnace repair in Saint Louis.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro} 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 great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating a shout at 314-262-4541. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
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 often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal component is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are often uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these troubles need pro help.
At Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 314-262-4541 to request an appointment right away.