As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your house, 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 steps.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us uncover minor issues that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go unnoticed, they may cause trouble in the future. By unearthing these issues sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.
And most important, 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 expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or strange noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Winnipeg.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating 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 irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 204-272-8128. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure 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 problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance 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 typically a symptom that an internal component is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles need specialized help.
At Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 204-272-8128 to get an appointment right away.