As your furnace starts up and gets ready to warm up your residence, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals uncover little issues that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go undetected, they may lead to trouble later on. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And most essential, specialized 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 utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact I-Deal HVAC When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like I-Deal HVAC for furnace repair in Albuquerque.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this issue, since it may 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 might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just 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 forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give I-Deal HVAC a call at 505-445-1250. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional 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 usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like I-Deal HVAC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal piece is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are often uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these problems need professional support.
At I-Deal HVAC, our professionals are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 505-445-1250 to book an appointment now.