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3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Operate More Quietly

As your furnace starts up and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up steps.

But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.

1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.

It can also help us find small problems that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you avoid a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If minor furnace problems keep on being ignored, they could cause trouble in the future. By uncovering these troubles early, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.

And, most essential, professional 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 costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra fuel and make it wear out faster.

Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Once a month
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You could have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or odd noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Winnipeg.

Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to contact a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled assistance for this trouble, since it can be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a positive indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean several things.

Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.

All that increased gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, because the increased gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve ignored annual maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 204-272-8128. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running properly.

Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, 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, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for 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 usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often an indication that an internal component is breaking down. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.

These troubles are often uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles call for pro assistance.

At Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning, our professionals are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating strange sounds, contact us at 204-272-8128 to schedule an appointment right away.

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