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Make Your Furnace Operate More Quietly with These 3 Methods

As your furnace starts up and prepares to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up steps.

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

1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help us discover little troubles that could make your furnace noisy. And potentially 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 probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.

If minor furnace problems are left undetected, they could cause a breakdown down the road. By uncovering these problems early, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.

And, most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating expenses, 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 turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up more energy and make it stop working more rapidly.

Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:

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

You may have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Lycoming Heating Company When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or odd noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Lycoming Heating Company for furnace repair in Williamsport.

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

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this trouble, since it might be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a positive 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 producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.

All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is igniting in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve neglected annual service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Lycoming Heating Company a shout at 570-244-2510. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating accurately.

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

We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these steps take care of the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC tech.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Lycoming Heating Company.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These problems are usually uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Lycoming Heating Company, our pros are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making strange sounds, contact us at 570-244-2510 to get an appointment right away.

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