As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your house, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals discover minor issues that can make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go unnoticed, they may cause trouble in the future. By uncovering these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Northglenn.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to call 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 differently 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 skilled} support for this problem, 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 might mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 303-452-4146. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, 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 pro 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 usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is going out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are usually uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these issues need specialized support.
At Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 303-452-4146 to get an appointment today.