3 Steps to Make Your Furnace Less Noisy

November 09, 2020

As your furnace starts up and begins to heat your home, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up process.

But there are several things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.

1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our professionals find small troubles that might make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go unnoticed, they could lead to a malfunction in the future. By finding these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.

And, most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly 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 house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra fuel and make it wear out more quickly.

Our advice for changing your furnace filter:

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

You could have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises

Some furnaces, often older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or strange noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services for furnace repair in Hudsonville.

Here are several noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to call a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro support for this issue, 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 could mean a couple of things.

Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services a call at (616) 669-3961. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working properly.

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

We advise first inspecting 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 force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these things fix the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for support from a skilled heating and cooling company like West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These troubles are usually uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at (616) 669-3961 to request an appointment now.