As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros uncover little troubles that might make your furnace loud. And potentially help you sidestep a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues keep on being undetected, they might result in an issue in the future. By uncovering these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, 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 gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more gas and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc for furnace repair in Wisconsin Rapids.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having issues discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro assistance for this trouble, since it may be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, as the accumulated gas is erupting in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc a ring at 715-301-0256. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running accurately.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.
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 faltering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal component is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically unearthed during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these troubles call for skilled help.
At Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, our experts are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 715-301-0256 to request an appointment now.