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Make Your Furnace Operate More Quietly with These 3 Steps

As your furnace switches on and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.

But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.

1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help us spot little troubles that might make your furnace loud. And potentially help you sidestep a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace problems keep on being unnoticed, they might cause a malfunction down the road. By unearthing these troubles early, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.

And, most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra energy and make it stop working more rapidly.

Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Monthly
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You might have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises

Some furnaces, often older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc for furnace repair in Carpentersville.

Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having issues discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled help 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 good indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a few things.

Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.

All that increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an annoying noise, since the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break 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 Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc a ring at 224-412-8308. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.

Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.

We suggest 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 closed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these steps fix the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.

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 frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a sign that an internal part is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.

These problems are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound can be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these problems need skilled support.

At Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making odd sounds, contact us at 224-412-8308 to request an appointment right away.

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