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Make Your Furnace Heat More Quietly with These 3 Approaches

As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.

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

1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help us uncover minor issues that could make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace issues go unnoticed, they may lead to a breakdown later on. By discovering these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.

And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Frequently Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more energy and make it stop working more quickly.

Our advice for changing your furnace filter:

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

You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or odd noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Lodi.

Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to call a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced support for this problem, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a great indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean several things.

Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, as the built-up gas is exploding in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 209-257-3156. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating properly.

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

We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these things fix the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems require assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These problems are typically uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may mean a couple of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these issues need skilled help.

At Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning, our professionals are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 209-257-3156 to book an appointment now.

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