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3 Approaches to Make Your Furnace Less Noisy

As your furnace switches on and begins to heat your home, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.

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

1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our professionals uncover minor troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace problems are left undetected, they can lead to a malfunction down the road. By finding these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.

And, most critical, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra fuel and make it stop working faster.

Our advice for changing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Get in Touch with Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or weird noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. for furnace repair in West Columbia.

Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve 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 because they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced help for this issue, since it may be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a positive sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.

Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.

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

If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. a ring at 803-265-4208. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running accurately.

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

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

If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork may 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 flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles require assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc..

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically an indication that an internal piece is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners are dirty.

These issues are frequently uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound might mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these problems call for skilled assistance.

At Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc., our professionals are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making weird sounds, contact us at 803-265-4208 to request an appointment today.

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