As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your home, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us uncover minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues go ignored, they may lead to trouble down the road. By finding these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And most essential, pro 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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Kapaun & Brown When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Kapaun & Brown for furnace repair in Marshalltown.
Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want 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 great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Kapaun & Brown a call at 641-812-2028. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working 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 replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork might 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 symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Kapaun & Brown.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling 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 problems need skilled support.
At Kapaun & Brown, our experts 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 641-812-2028 to schedule an appointment right away.