As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your home, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.

But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.

1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help our professionals spot minor issues that might make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go ignored, they may lead to trouble down the road. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed 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 correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it wear out faster.

Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:

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

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

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

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or strange noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Air Masters Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Port Orchard.

Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to contact a professional.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this issue, since it can be created 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 several things.

Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.

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

If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Air Masters Heating & Cooling a shout at 360-205-7115. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.

Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.

We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Air Masters Heating & Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These issues are usually uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles need pro assistance.

At Air Masters 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 360-205-7115 to request an appointment today.