3 Steps to Make Your Furnace More Quiet

November 09, 2020

As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.

But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.

1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty period.

It can also help our professionals spot little troubles that can make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If little furnace troubles are left ignored, they might cause a breakdown later on. By uncovering these problems in advance, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.

And, most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces 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. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up more energy and make it stop working more rapidly.

Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Once a month
  • 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 Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Arlington.

Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to contact a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced help for this problem, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a great indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean several things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.

All that increased gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just a bothersome noise, since the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 360-255-5857. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating properly.

Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.

We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems require help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners are dirty.

These troubles are usually uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound could be created by issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues require pro help.

At Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making odd sounds, contact us at 360-255-5857 to request an appointment today.