As your furnace turns on and prepares to warm up your home, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as 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 quieter this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us discover small issues that might make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems keep on being undetected, they might lead to a malfunction in the future. By finding these issues in advance, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it break down more quickly.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Abilene Air-Tech Inc When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or odd noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Abilene Air-Tech Inc for furnace repair in Abilene.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro help for this problem, since it can be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could 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 leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, since the built-up gas is exploding in your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Abilene Air-Tech Inc a call at 325-200-4667. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running properly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking 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 methods fix the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require help from a professional heating and cooling company like Abilene Air-Tech Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically an indication that an internal component is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could mean a couple of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles call for specialized support.
At Abilene Air-Tech Inc, our specialists are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or creating odd sounds, contact us at 325-200-4667 to book an appointment now.