As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your residence, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up steps.

But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.

1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help our pros spot minor issues that could make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.

If little furnace troubles go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By finding these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.

And most essential, 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 bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it break down faster.

Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Contact Comfort Zone, LLC When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises

Some furnaces, often older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Comfort Zone, LLC for furnace repair in Cape Coral.

Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled support for this problem, 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 a couple of things.

Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Comfort Zone, LLC a call at 239-214-0411. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.

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

We suggest 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 sealed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.

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

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Comfort Zone, LLC.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These problems are usually uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Comfort Zone, LLC, our specialists are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 239-214-0411 to request an appointment right away.