As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us uncover small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go unnoticed, they may lead to trouble in the future. By uncovering these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Vogts Heating & Air When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Vogts Heating & Air for furnace repair in Pocatello.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional} support 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 good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Vogts Heating & Air a call at 208-621-0129. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Vogts Heating & Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are often uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these problems need skilled help.
At Vogts Heating & Air, 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 208-621-0129 to request an appointment right away.