As your furnace turns on and prepares to heat your home, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us discover small troubles that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems are left undetected, they could lead to an issue in the future. By finding these troubles early, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And, most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well- 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 house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Titan Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Titan Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Central Point.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into troubles removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro assistance 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 indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, since the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected yearly service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Titan Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 541-286-6617. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating accurately.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods take care of the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional 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 dying blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Titan Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually an indication that an internal component is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These problems are often caught during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these issues require skilled assistance.
At Titan Heating & Air Conditioning, our professionals are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 541-286-6617 to get an appointment now.