As your furnace turns on and begins to warm up your residence, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up process.

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

1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help us find small issues that can make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

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

And most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, 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 becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it break down faster.

Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Call Refrigeration Systems Ltd. When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Refrigeration Systems Ltd. for furnace repair in Richmond.

Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a couple of things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.

All that increased gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Refrigeration Systems Ltd. a ring at 778-693-2532. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.

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

We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.

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 symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Refrigeration Systems Ltd..

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These problems are typically uncovered during annual maintenance performed 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 next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems need pro help.

At Refrigeration Systems Ltd., our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 778-693-2532 to schedule an appointment right away.