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3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Run with Less Noise

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

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

1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.

It can also help us spot minor problems that can make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you avoid a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go ignored, they can lead to an issue down the road. By uncovering these issues early, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.

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

2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra fuel and make it wear out more quickly.

Our advice for changing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Call Oak Point Heating and Air LLC When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Oak Point Heating and Air LLC for furnace repair in Denton.

Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to call a professional.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled help for this trouble, since it can be the result of 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 could mean a couple of things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than just 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 overlooked yearly service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Oak Point Heating and Air LLC a call at 940-202-1202. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.

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

We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional 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 often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Oak Point Heating and Air LLC.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

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

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound can mean a couple of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these problems need specialized assistance.

At Oak Point Heating and Air LLC, our specialists are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 940-202-1202 to schedule an appointment now.

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