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

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

1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our pros discover little issues that can make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you sidestep a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go ignored, they may cause trouble down the road. By finding these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.

And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it stop working faster.

Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:

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

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

3. Contact Haselhoff Air Solutions When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or odd noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Haselhoff Air Solutions for furnace repair in Ames.

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

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this issue, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.

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

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

If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Haselhoff Air Solutions a call at 515-450-8739. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.

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

We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it 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 repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Haselhoff Air Solutions.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

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

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Haselhoff Air Solutions, our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 515-450-8739 to schedule an appointment now.