As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your residence, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us spot small issues that can make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go undetected, they may lead to trouble later on. By finding these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And most essential, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly 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 house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, 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 energy and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or odd noises, it may be time to call 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 solve them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled} 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 might mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 432-237-0168. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles 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 frequently a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are often uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these problems need professional support.
At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 432-237-0168 to book an appointment now.