As your furnace turns on and gets ready to heat your home, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us uncover little issues that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble down the road. By uncovering these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most important, 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 gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, 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 break down faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or strange noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Buellton.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to contact a professional.
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 make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced} support for this problem, 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 805-242-9638. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for 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 electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are usually uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these problems need pro support.
At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 805-242-9638 to book an appointment today.