As your furnace switches on and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.

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

1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help us find minor issues that can make your furnace noisy. And possibly 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 go ignored, they may result in 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, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts 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 Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, 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 additional energy and make it break down faster.

Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:

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

You could have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or odd noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation for furnace repair in Holbrook.

Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to contact a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced support for this trouble, since it might 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 can mean a couple of things.

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

All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation a call at 631-460-5159. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.

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

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

If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC tech.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These issues are often uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 631-460-5159 to get an appointment today.