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Make Your Furnace Heat More Quietly with These 3 Methods

As your furnace switches on and prepares to heat your residence, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up steps.

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

1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something big goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our professionals find little troubles that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.

If minor furnace issues keep on being undetected, they could cause an issue down the road. By discovering these problems early, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.

And, most important, professional 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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra gas and make it wear out more rapidly.

Our advice 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. Contact Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Bishop.

Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this trouble, since it could be the result of 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 lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.

All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, because the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked annual maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 760-784-9034. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating accurately.

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

We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These problems are often caught during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating odd sounds, contact us at 760-784-9034 to get an appointment right away.

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