As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your house, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us uncover little issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems keep on being undetected, they can result in trouble later on. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.
And, most essential, professional 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 expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more energy and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Mayeuxs AC & Heating When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Mayeuxs AC & Heating for furnace repair in Norco and St. Charles Parish.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix 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 dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into troubles removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled help for this issue, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance this year and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Mayeuxs AC & Heating a call at (985) 764-2426. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things fix the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro 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 produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Mayeuxs AC & Heating.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually an indication that an internal part is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are usually unearthed during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles call for professional assistance.
At Mayeuxs AC & Heating, our specialists are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at (985) 764-2426 to book an appointment right away.