As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s common for it to make 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 run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals discover minor issues that can make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you prevent a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go ignored, they may cause trouble down the road. By discovering these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, professional 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 gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Ambient Air When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or strange noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Ambient Air for furnace repair in Tucson.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common 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 having difficulties draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro} support for this problem, since it could 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 a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Ambient Air a call at 520-357-4912. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at 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 methods repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create a loud 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 problems need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Ambient Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal piece is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance done 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 issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need professional assistance.
At Ambient Air, our professionals are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 520-357-4912 to book an appointment right away.