As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals discover little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go ignored, they may lead to trouble down the road. By unearthing these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New 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. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Controlled Comfort HVAC When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Controlled Comfort HVAC for furnace repair in Carpentersville.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Controlled Comfort HVAC a ring at 224-412-8308. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest 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 steps repair the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Controlled Comfort HVAC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This can 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 typically uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these problems need professional support.
At Controlled Comfort HVAC, our specialists are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 224-412-8308 to get an appointment now.