As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros discover little problems that can make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the coldest 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 small furnace problems keep on being unnoticed, they may cause a malfunction later on. By uncovering these issues in advance, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And, most essential, pro 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more gas and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Woody's Sudden Service Inc When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Woody's Sudden Service Inc for furnace repair in Manassas Park.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional assistance for this issue, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, as the increased gas is exploding inside your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked annual service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Woody's Sudden Service Inc a call at 703-278-2036. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running properly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things take care of the sound, 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 sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Woody's Sudden Service Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal piece is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are often uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be created by troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these issues call for skilled support.
At Woody's Sudden Service Inc, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 703-278-2036 to get an appointment today.