As your furnace starts up and gets ready to heat your home, it’s normal for it to create 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 a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros find small issues that can make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go undetected, they may cause trouble down the road. By unearthing these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with MPC Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like MPC Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Chadron.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled} support for this problem, 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 few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate 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, because the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give MPC Heating & Cooling a shout at 308-832-4321. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like MPC Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are frequently uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues need pro support.
At MPC Heating & Cooling, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 308-832-4321 to get an appointment right away.