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3 Approaches to Make Your Furnace Quieter

As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your residence, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up steps.

But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.

1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help our professionals discover minor problems that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If minor furnace troubles are left unnoticed, they can result in an issue in the future. By discovering these issues early, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.

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

2. Frequently Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it break down faster.

Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:

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

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

3. Contact Moon's Air When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises

Some furnaces, often older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or odd noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Moon's Air for furnace repair in Shreveport.

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

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this issue, since it could be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

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

Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

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

If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Moon's Air a call at 318-215-7938. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.

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

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

If neither of these things fix the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Moon's Air.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal part is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.

These troubles are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled support.

At Moon's Air, our pros are here to help you relax in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or creating strange sounds, contact us at 318-215-7938 to book an appointment right away.

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