As your furnace turns on and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And potentially 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 probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go undetected, they may result in trouble in the future. By discovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.
And most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc 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 contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the increased gas is exploding within 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 detecting this noise, give Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc a ring at 602-789-3315. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are usually uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these troubles need skilled support.
At Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 602-789-3315 to get an appointment right away.