As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals discover small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles are left undetected, they can cause a breakdown in the future. By discovering these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And, most important, specialized 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 bills, 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 filthy, 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 more quickly.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact ACS Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or strange noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Tucker.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional help for this trouble, since it could be caused 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 may mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, because the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give ACS Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 770-450-1539. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running safely.
Your ductwork can also create 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 getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods fix the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for 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 problem. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require help from a skilled heating and cooling company like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal part is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are usually uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these problems need specialized support.
At ACS Heating and Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you unwind in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 770-450-1539 to get an appointment right away.