As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your house, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros discover minor issues that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go undetected, they may cause trouble down the road. By uncovering these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And most important, professional 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 utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Kapaun & Brown When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or odd noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Kapaun & Brown for furnace repair in Marshalltown.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced} support for this problem, since it could 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 can mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Kapaun & Brown a ring at 641-812-2028. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork could 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 sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Kapaun & Brown.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often 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 an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are typically uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled assistance.
At Kapaun & Brown, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 641-812-2028 to book an appointment right away.