As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your home, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover little troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues keep on being ignored, they might lead to a malfunction down the road. By finding these problems early, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And, most essential, professional 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 costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’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 more energy and make it break down faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or strange noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Des Moines.
Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into troubles removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled assistance for this trouble, since it might be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored annual maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling a shout at 515-207-6569. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional 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 faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a sign that an internal component is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are frequently unearthed during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these problems need professional support.
At Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making odd sounds, contact us at 515-207-6569 to book an appointment right away.