As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your residence, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that can make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may result in trouble down the road. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And most important, pro 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact MPC Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like MPC Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Chadron.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced} support for this problem, since it can 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 can mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give MPC Heating & Cooling a ring at 308-832-4321. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since 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, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
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 faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like MPC Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal component is dying. This may 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 often uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these issues need skilled help.
At MPC Heating & Cooling, our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 308-832-4321 to request an appointment today.