As your furnace switches on and prepares to heat your house, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros uncover minor issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go unnoticed, they may lead to trouble down the road. By unearthing these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating expenses, 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 becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call J & J Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or odd noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like J & J Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Eastland.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want professional} support for this issue, since it might 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 few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give J & J Air Conditioning a call at 254-355-3833. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like J & J Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal part is going out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are often uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these issues need skilled assistance.
At J & J Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 254-355-3833 to request an appointment today.