3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Run More Quietly

November 09, 2020

As your furnace switches on and gets ready to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.

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

1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something huge goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help us uncover minor issues that could make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you sidestep a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If small furnace issues go ignored, they could lead to an issue later on. By finding these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.

And, most essential, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more fuel and make it wear out faster.

Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:

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

You may have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.

3. Get in Touch with Colvin's Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Colvin's Heating and Cooling for furnace repair in Excelsior Springs.

Here are several noises to be looking for, how to take care of 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 due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional help for this issue, since it might be caused 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 might mean a few things.

Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, as the accumulated gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can damage 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 detecting this noise, give Colvin's Heating and Cooling a ring at 816-379-3918. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working safely.

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

We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these steps take care of the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems call for help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Colvin's Heating and Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a sign that an internal component is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.

These problems are typically caught during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these issues need specialized help.

At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, our specialists are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making strange sounds, contact us at 816-379-3918 to book an appointment today.