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3 Steps to Make Your Furnace Quieter

As your furnace switches on and prepares to heat your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up process.

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

1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.

It can also help us find small troubles that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.

If minor furnace problems go unnoticed, they might cause an issue later on. By discovering these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.

And, most important, pro 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 costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter

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

Our advice for changing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Get in Touch with Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or odd noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. for furnace repair in South Beloit and Belvidere.

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

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro assistance for this issue, since it may be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

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

Haven’t requested maintenance this year and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, because the accumulated gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve ignored annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. a call at 877-389-2465. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running safely.

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

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

If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled 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 usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc..

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is worn out. 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 troubles are frequently unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound might mean a couple of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems require pro help.

At Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., our experts are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making strange sounds, contact us at 877-389-2465 to request an appointment now.

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