As your furnace turns on and prepares to warm up your home, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros uncover small troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues keep on being undetected, they could result in a malfunction down the road. By unearthing these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra gas and make it break down more rapidly.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Airmax Long Island Inc When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Airmax Long Island Inc for furnace repair in Suffolk/Nassau County.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this issue, since it may be the result of 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 requested maintenance lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just a bothersome noise, because the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked yearly service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Airmax Long Island Inc a shout at 631-737-5566. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
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 create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Airmax Long Island Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a sign that an internal piece is going out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These issues are usually uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these problems need specialized help.
At Airmax Long Island Inc, our pros are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or creating odd sounds, contact us at 631-737-5566 to get an appointment now.