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3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Run Less Noisily

As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up steps.

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

1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty period.

It can also help our professionals spot little problems that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace issues keep on being undetected, they might lead to a malfunction later on. By finding these issues early, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.

And, most important, professional 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. Regularly Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more energy and make it break down faster.

Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Contact Street Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Street Heating and Cooling for furnace repair in Rapid City.

Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to contact a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having issues discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional support for this problem, since it can be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a great indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean several things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, because the increased gas is exploding in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve neglected yearly service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Street Heating and Cooling a shout at 605-206-3915. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.

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

We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these things fix the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need 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 frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for help from a professional heating and cooling company like Street Heating and Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal piece is going out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.

These troubles are often uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound could be created by issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled help.

At Street Heating and Cooling, our specialists are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 605-206-3915 to get an appointment today.

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