As your furnace starts up and gets ready to add warmth to your home, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up steps.

But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.

1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help our professionals discover little issues that might make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.

If minor furnace troubles go ignored, they may lead to trouble in the future. By discovering these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.

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

2. Frequently Replace Your 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 gas and make it stop working faster.

Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Call Everest Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Everest Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Lansing.

Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to contact a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled support for this issue, since it might 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 scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Everest Heating & Cooling a call at 913-845-9463. 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 starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.

We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it 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 repair the issue, your ductwork may 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 usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Everest Heating & Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These problems are often uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. 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 troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these troubles need specialized assistance.

At Everest Heating & Cooling, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 913-845-9463 to book an appointment now.