As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros uncover little issues that could make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you prevent a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go undetected, they may cause trouble down the road. By unearthing these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Put in a New 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 more than it should. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with ACS Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Tucker.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking 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 because they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support for this trouble, since it might 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 a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give ACS Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 770-450-1539. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, 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 electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually 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 need to be cleaned.
These issues are often uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these problems need professional support.
At ACS Heating and Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 770-450-1539 to book an appointment now.