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3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Operate Less Noisily

As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your residence, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up steps.

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

1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help us spot minor issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles keep on being undetected, they might result in trouble down the road. By discovering these troubles in advance, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.

And, most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, 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 gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra fuel and make it wear out more quickly.

Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:

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

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

3. Get in Touch with M & S Heating & Air LLC When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or strange noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like M & S Heating & Air LLC for furnace repair in Mechanicsville.

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

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional support for this issue, since it could be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a good indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, as the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give M & S Heating & Air LLC a call at 301-363-4699. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running safely.

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

We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an irritating 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 troubles call for help from an experienced heating and cooling company like M & S Heating & Air LLC.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is breaking down. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.

These issues are typically unearthed during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these issues need specialized support.

At M & S Heating & Air LLC, our pros are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making weird sounds, contact us at 301-363-4699 to schedule an appointment right away.

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