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3 Steps to Make Your Furnace More Quiet

As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your home, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.

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

1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help our professionals spot little troubles that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If little furnace troubles keep on being ignored, they may cause trouble down the road. By unearthing these troubles in advance, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.

And, most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra gas and make it stop working more rapidly.

Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:

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

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

3. Contact Air Quality Solutions When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or odd noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Air Quality Solutions for furnace repair in Grove City.

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

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro assistance for this problem, since it might be caused 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 few things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, because the accumulated gas is erupting in your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Air Quality Solutions a shout at 614-871-4144. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.

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

We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these things fix the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled 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 usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Air Quality Solutions.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually an indication that an internal component is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.

These issues are often caught during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound could be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these troubles require specialized support.

At Air Quality Solutions, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 614-871-4144 to get an appointment today.

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