As your furnace switches on and begins to warm up your residence, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover minor problems that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues keep on being unnoticed, they may cause a malfunction in the future. By finding these issues early, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your 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 often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for changing your 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. Contact Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Hattiesburg.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled help for this issue, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 601-292-9763. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working properly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one 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 steps take care of the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled 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 often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal component is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are often unearthed during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might mean a couple of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles require specialized support.
At Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or creating strange sounds, contact us at 601-292-9763 to request an appointment now.