As your furnace switches on and prepares to heat your residence, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us find small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may cause trouble down the road. By finding these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And most critical, specialized 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 heating bills, 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 becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Myers Furnace Company When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or strange noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Myers Furnace Company for furnace repair in Belton.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Myers Furnace Company a call at 816-249-1619. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, 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 frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Myers Furnace Company.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal piece is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues need specialized assistance.
At Myers Furnace Company, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 816-249-1619 to get an appointment right away.