As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros uncover minor problems that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go ignored, they could lead to an issue later on. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And, most important, 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 energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out more quickly.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call KDM Service Corporation When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or odd noises, you might need to contact 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 repair them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this issue, since it could be caused 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 can mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, because the built-up gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give KDM Service Corporation a shout at 205-208-8090. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running properly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things fix the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional 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 usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like KDM Service Corporation.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal component is going out. 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 frequently uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled help.
At KDM Service Corporation, our specialists are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating weird sounds, contact us at 205-208-8090 to get an appointment right away.