As your furnace switches on and gets ready to heat your home, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals find small problems that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues are left unnoticed, they may lead to a malfunction later on. By discovering these problems in advance, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And, most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly 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 residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up more energy and make it stop working more rapidly.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with JTech Mechanical When Your Furnace is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like JTech Mechanical for furnace repair in Magnolia.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this trouble, since it could be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, because the accumulated gas is exploding in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give JTech Mechanical a ring at 281-231-8768. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating accurately.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional 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 sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems call for support from a skilled heating and cooling company like JTech Mechanical.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal piece is dying. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are frequently caught during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these issues require pro help.
At JTech Mechanical, our experts are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating weird sounds, contact us at 281-231-8768 to request an appointment now.