As your furnace switches on and gets ready to heat your house, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals spot minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go unnoticed, they may result in trouble down the road. By discovering these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And most critical, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly 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 residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or odd noises, it may be time to call 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 repair them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled support for this trouble, since it might 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 might mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning a shout at 204-272-8128. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking 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 residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork might 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 electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need 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 usually a symptom that an internal piece is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these troubles need professional help.
At Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 204-272-8128 to book an appointment now.