As your furnace switches on and gets ready to warm up your residence, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.

But there are several things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.

1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance

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

It can also help our pros discover small issues that can make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If minor furnace problems go undetected, they may lead to trouble in the future. By unearthing these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.

And most critical, pro 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 utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it break down faster.

Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:

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

You may have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Get in Touch with Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises

Some furnaces, often older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. for furnace repair in Muskogee.

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

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled support for this problem, since it may be created 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 scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.

All that increased gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. a call at 918-682-8238. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.

Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since 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 shut in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork could 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 sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc..

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners are dirty.

These troubles are often uncovered during annual maintenance done 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 issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need pro help.

At Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc., our experts are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 918-682-8238 to get an appointment now.