As your furnace starts up and gets ready to warm up your residence, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up steps.

But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.

1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.

It can also help our professionals spot little issues that might make your furnace annoying. 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 breakdowns by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go ignored, they may cause trouble later on. By discovering these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.

And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, 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 use additional fuel and make it wear out faster.

Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:

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

You might have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. for furnace repair in Port Clinton.

Here are several noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to get in touch with a professional.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced support for this problem, 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 might mean a few things.

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

All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. a call at 419-465-8722. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.

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 getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for 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 electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It might 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 Ohler & Holzhauer Inc..

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

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

These troubles are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

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

At Ohler & Holzhauer Inc., our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 419-465-8722 to book an appointment today.