As your furnace starts up and begins to heat your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something huge goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals find minor problems that can make your furnace loud. And potentially help you sidestep a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues keep on being undetected, they might result in a malfunction later on. By uncovering these issues in advance, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, 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 heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up more energy and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Vogts Heating & Air When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Vogts Heating & Air for furnace repair in Pocatello.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro help for this trouble, since it might 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 had maintenance done lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an annoying noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Vogts Heating & Air a shout at 208-621-0129. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating safely.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things take care of the problem, your ductwork could 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 symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Vogts Heating & Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a sign that an internal piece is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically unearthed during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence performing 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 created by troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these troubles require skilled assistance.
At Vogts Heating & Air, our professionals are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 208-621-0129 to request an appointment right away.