As your furnace switches on and begins to warm up your house, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up steps.

But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.

1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our professionals discover minor issues that might make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go undetected, they may lead to trouble later on. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.

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

2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns 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 additional gas and make it wear out faster.

Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:

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

You could have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Get in Touch with Struven Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Struven Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Crown Point.

Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a professional.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro support for this trouble, since it might be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

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

Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Struven Heating & Cooling a ring at 219-292-0956. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.

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

We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.

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

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 frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could 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 Struven Heating & Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners are dirty.

These issues are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Struven Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 219-292-0956 to get an appointment now.