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3 Approaches to Make Your Furnace More Quiet

As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up process.

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

1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help our pros discover small problems that can make your furnace loud. And potentially help you prevent a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go unnoticed, they can result in a breakdown in the future. By unearthing these issues early, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.

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 utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra energy and make it wear out more rapidly.

Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:

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

You might have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Tri County Air Care LLC When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Tri County Air Care LLC for furnace repair in Dallas.

Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into troubles discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro help for this problem, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a positive indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a few things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.

All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an annoying noise, because the increased gas is erupting in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Tri County Air Care LLC a ring at 469-213-8367. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure 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 looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one 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 things take care of the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled 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 make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems call for support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Tri County Air Care LLC.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These troubles are usually unearthed during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound could mean a couple of problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these troubles call for pro help.

At Tri County Air Care LLC, our experts are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 469-213-8367 to request an appointment today.

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