3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Quieter

November 09, 2020

As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up steps.

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

1. Request Regular 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 time.

It can also help our pros uncover little problems that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you sidestep a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If little furnace issues go undetected, they could lead to trouble later on. By uncovering these problems in advance, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.

And, most important, 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 utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more fuel and make it wear out more quickly.

Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:

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

You could have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Creating Strange Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Greater Richmond.

Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a professional.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional assistance for this trouble, since it could be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a few things.

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

All that increased gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve ignored yearly service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a shout at 804-302-6657. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working properly.

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

We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these things take care of the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional 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 produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These issues are often uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, our professionals are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 804-302-6657 to get an appointment now.