As your furnace switches on and gets ready to heat your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover little issues that might make your furnace loud. And potentially help you avoid a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go undetected, they may result in trouble in the future. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Integrity AC & Heating LLC When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Integrity AC & Heating LLC for furnace repair in Phoenix.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro} support for this trouble, since it can 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 may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Integrity AC & Heating LLC a shout at 602-971-0567. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Integrity AC & Heating LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is dying. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are often uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these issues need pro assistance.
At Integrity AC & Heating LLC, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 602-971-0567 to request an appointment now.