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3 Approaches to Make Your Furnace Quieter

As your furnace switches on and prepares to heat your residence, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.

But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.

1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.

It can also help our professionals spot small troubles that might make your furnace loud. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If minor furnace troubles keep on being undetected, they may result in a malfunction down the road. By unearthing these troubles early, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.

And, most critical, specialized 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 utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra energy and make it wear out more rapidly.

Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Monthly
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You might have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact KDM Service Corporation When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like KDM Service Corporation for furnace repair in Tuscaloosa.

Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to contact a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional support for this trouble, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a positive sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a couple of things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.

All that increased gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the increased gas is exploding in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked annual service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give KDM Service Corporation a call at 205-208-8090. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating properly.

Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.

We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these methods take care of the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC tech.

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 often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create 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 troubles require help from an experienced heating and cooling company like KDM Service Corporation.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal piece is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.

These problems are typically uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound can mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled assistance.

At KDM Service Corporation, our pros are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating weird sounds, contact us at 205-208-8090 to schedule an appointment now.

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