As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By finding these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns 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 stop working faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Buellton.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to solve 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 exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced support for this issue, 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 may mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 805-242-9638. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This could 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 problems are typically uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these issues need specialized assistance.
At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 805-242-9638 to request an appointment now.