As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros uncover little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go undetected, they may result in trouble later on. By unearthing these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions 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. Call Siloam Springs Heating & AC When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Siloam Springs Heating & AC for furnace repair in Siloam Springs.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to fix them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support for this trouble, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Siloam Springs Heating & AC a ring at 479-308-8176. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting 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 repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Siloam Springs Heating & AC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these issues need pro assistance.
At Siloam Springs Heating & AC, our specialists are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 479-308-8176 to get an appointment now.