As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals spot little troubles that can make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go ignored, they might cause a malfunction later on. By finding these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And, most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, 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 more energy and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc When Your Furnace is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc for furnace repair in Carpentersville.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve 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 emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having issues draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled help for this problem, since it might be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, as the accumulated gas is exploding in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc a shout at 224-412-8308. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working properly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC tech.
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 frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for support from a professional heating and cooling company like Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal piece is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are often uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these problems need skilled assistance.
At Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, our specialists are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or making odd sounds, contact us at 224-412-8308 to book an appointment now.