As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.

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

1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help our professionals find little issues that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go undetected, they may lead to trouble in the future. By finding these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.

And most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts 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 Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it break down faster.

Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:

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

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

3. Call Northwest Services When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Northwest Services for furnace repair in Swanton.

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

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this issue, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.

Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might 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 sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Northwest Services a shout at 419-548-5017. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.

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

We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC tech.

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 often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Northwest Services.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.

These issues are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these issues need professional support.

At Northwest Services, our professionals are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 419-548-5017 to schedule an appointment right away.