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3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Run Less Noisily

As your furnace starts up and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s common 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 process.

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

1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something big goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help our pros spot small troubles that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If little furnace problems are left unnoticed, they can result in a breakdown down the road. By discovering these problems in advance, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.

And, most critical, specialized 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 utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more gas and make it break down faster.

Our advice for changing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Monthly
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You could have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Saint Marys.

Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced support for this issue, since it might be the result of 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 may mean a couple of things.

Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning a shout at 912-208-2470. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.

Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.

We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these steps fix the sound, 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 symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems require assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a sign that an internal piece is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.

These troubles are usually unearthed during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these troubles require professional assistance.

At Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating strange sounds, contact us at 912-208-2470 to get an appointment right away.

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