As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your residence, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
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, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals spot little issues that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go ignored, they may result in an issue later on. By finding these troubles early, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And, most essential, professional 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 energy costs, 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 turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it stop working more rapidly.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. When Your Furnace is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. for furnace repair in the Rio Grande Valley.
Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix 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 discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro 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 great indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create 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 igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. a shout at 956-630-3522. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working properly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things fix the problem, 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 an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C..
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are frequently caught during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these issues call for skilled assistance.
At Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C., our experts are here to help you relax in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making odd sounds, contact us at 956-630-3522 to schedule an appointment right away.