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Make Your Furnace Operate More Quietly with These 3 Methods

As your furnace switches on and gets ready to heat your residence, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.

But there are a couple of approaches 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 stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help us spot minor issues that could make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If little furnace troubles keep on being undetected, they might result in trouble down the road. By uncovering these issues sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.

And, most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it break down more rapidly.

Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:

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

You might have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Wallpe Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Wallpe Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Greensburg.

Here are a few noises to be on the lookout 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 create some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced help for this issue, since it could 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 could mean a couple of things.

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

All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Wallpe Heating & Cooling a shout at 812-663-7252. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running properly.

Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.

We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these things take care of the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Wallpe Heating & Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal component is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.

These problems are frequently caught during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound can be created by issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these problems call for specialized help.

At Wallpe Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you relax in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or creating odd sounds, contact us at 812-663-7252 to schedule an appointment today.

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