As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals uncover minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you sidestep a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go undetected, they may lead to trouble later on. By unearthing these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most essential, specialized 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 costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Connolly Electric & Mechanical When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Connolly Electric & Mechanical for furnace repair in Cottonwood & Prescott.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want professional} support for this trouble, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Connolly Electric & Mechanical a shout at 928-251-4327. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it 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 methods repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC tech.
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 faltering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Connolly Electric & Mechanical.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal component is going out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these issues need skilled help.
At Connolly Electric & Mechanical, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 928-251-4327 to request an appointment today.