As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s typical for it to create 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 several things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as 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 professionals find little issues that might make your furnace loud. And potentially help you sidestep a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By discovering these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And most critical, pro 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 Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Gilray Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Gilray Heating and Cooling for furnace repair in Wausau.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro} support for this trouble, since it might be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled 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 in your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Gilray Heating and Cooling a shout at 715-301-0727. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure 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, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It might 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 Gilray Heating and Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal component is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These issues are frequently uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these problems need specialized support.
At Gilray Heating and Cooling, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 715-301-0727 to book an appointment right away.