As your furnace switches on and gets ready to add warmth to your home, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals find little issues that could make your furnace loud. And possibly help you prevent a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go ignored, they may result in trouble later on. By uncovering these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired 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 well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or odd noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc for furnace repair in Wisconsin Rapids.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly 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 need 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 good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc a call at 715-301-0256. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call 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 frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are typically uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled help.
At Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, our professionals are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 715-301-0256 to book an appointment right away.