3 Ways to Make Your Furnace Run More Quietly

November 09, 2020

As your furnace turns on and prepares to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up process.

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

1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help us spot small issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If little furnace troubles go ignored, they might result in trouble later on. By discovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.

And, most important, 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 gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more energy and make it break down more quickly.

Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:

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

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

3. Get in Touch with Garoken Energy Co. Inc. When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises

Some furnaces, often older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Garoken Energy Co. Inc. for furnace repair in Beaverton.

Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into troubles discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro assistance for this trouble, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

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

Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.

All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just a bothersome noise, since the built-up gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a shout at 503-374-1934. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating properly.

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

We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these things fix the sound, your ductwork could 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 sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Garoken Energy Co. Inc..

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These issues are often caught during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these troubles call for specialized help.

At Garoken Energy Co. Inc., our specialists are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating weird sounds, contact us at 503-374-1934 to request an appointment today.