As your furnace turns on and prepares to add warmth to your residence, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros spot small issues that can make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go ignored, they may result in trouble in the future. By finding these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Clean Air HVAC When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Clean Air HVAC for furnace repair in Pacheco.
Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced} support for this issue, since it might 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 may mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Clean Air HVAC a ring at 925-233-6238. 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 starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Clean Air HVAC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal component is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are often uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling 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 problems. All these issues need skilled assistance.
At Clean Air HVAC, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 925-233-6238 to get an appointment now.