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Make Your Furnace Heat More Quietly with These 3 Steps

As your furnace turns on and begins to heat your home, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.

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

1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help our pros find small problems that can 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 regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If minor furnace problems go unnoticed, they could cause trouble down the road. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.

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 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 house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it break down faster.

Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:

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

You might have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Brandon Heating and Plumbing When Your Furnace is Making Weird Noises

Some furnaces, often older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or strange noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Brandon Heating and Plumbing for furnace repair in Brandon.

Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced assistance for this trouble, since it may be the result of 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 can mean several things.

Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only a bothersome noise, because the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten annual service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Brandon Heating and Plumbing a shout at 204-728-0180. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running properly.

Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns 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 sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork could 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 electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Brandon Heating and Plumbing.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually an indication that an internal part 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 troubles are frequently unearthed during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound might be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these issues require professional support.

At Brandon Heating and Plumbing, our pros are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making weird sounds, contact us at 204-728-0180 to get an appointment right away.

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