As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros uncover little issues that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go ignored, they may cause trouble later on. By discovering these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas 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 turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or strange noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating for furnace repair in Saint Louis.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro support for this trouble, 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 could mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside 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, because the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating a call at 314-262-4541. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because 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, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues 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 frequently a symptom that an internal piece is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These problems are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these problems need professional support.
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 normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 314-262-4541 to schedule an appointment right away.