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Make Your Furnace Operate More Quietly with These 3 Things

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

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

1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help us spot minor troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you prevent a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If minor furnace issues keep on being undetected, they might result in a malfunction later on. By discovering these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.

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

2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more energy and make it stop working faster.

Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:

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

You may have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Colvin's Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or strange noises, you might need 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 fix them and when to get in touch with a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced help for this problem, 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 indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a couple of things.

Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked annual service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Colvin's Heating and Cooling a call at 816-379-3918. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running properly.

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

We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these things take care of the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Colvin's Heating and Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These problems are often caught during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, our specialists are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating strange sounds, contact us at 816-379-3918 to book an appointment now.

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