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3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Quieter

As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.

But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.

1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help us spot minor troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you prevent a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If little furnace troubles go undetected, they might lead to trouble later on. By finding these troubles early, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.

And, most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra energy and make it break down more quickly.

Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Once a month
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or odd noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Odessa.

Here are several noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having issues draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced help for this problem, since it may 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 may mean several things.

Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.

All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked annual service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 432-237-0168. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running properly.

Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.

We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, double-check 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 fix the issue, your ductwork might 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 electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically an indication that an internal component 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 problems are typically caught during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound could mean a couple of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these problems call for professional help.

At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating odd sounds, contact us at 432-237-0168 to book an appointment right away.

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