As your furnace turns on and prepares to heat your house, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us discover little issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go ignored, they may lead to trouble down the road. By finding these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most essential, specialized 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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Put in a New 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 more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Olde Towne Heating & Air When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Olde Towne Heating & Air for furnace repair in Mount Pleasant.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced support for this issue, since it could 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 may mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Olde Towne Heating & Air a ring at 843-485-0967. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Olde Towne Heating & Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is breaking down. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These problems are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these troubles need pro support.
At Olde Towne Heating & Air, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 843-485-0967 to get an appointment today.