As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up process.

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

1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help us find minor issues that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace problems go unnoticed, they may cause trouble in the future. By unearthing these troubles sooner, 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 heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Frequently Change Your 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 additional gas and make it break down faster.

Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Contact Pure Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or strange noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Pure Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Streamwood.

Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to fix them and when to contact a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro support for this trouble, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

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

Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.

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

If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Pure Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning a ring at 630-313-2509. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.

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

We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need 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 an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Pure Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners are dirty.

These troubles are typically uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Pure Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 630-313-2509 to book an appointment today.