With winter in full swing, there is nothing better than waking up to a cozy, warm house. However, if you haven’t fired up your heater in a while, then it might seem a little louder than usual.
A noisy heater can be a sign that something isn’t working properly. And with heating bills expected to be around 10% higher this year, it’s important to make sure your noisy heater isn’t adding to those costs.
If your heater seems to be kicking out more noise than heat, then these expert tips on how to quiet down a noisy heater can help put the quiet back into your warm and cozy.
Are Too Many Air Vents Closed?
The first and easiest thing to check is the air vents around your home. If too many of them are closed then this causes a build-up of air pressure in your HVAC system. This causes faster air movement through the ductwork and air coming out of the vents that are open at a faster rate.
If the noise you can hear is only in the rooms where you have open vents then try opening a few other vents around the house to see if it solves your issue.
Check the Ductwork
Your air ducts can cause unnecessary noise for several reasons so it’s important to check them thoroughly. If you have any small holes anywhere in the ducts it can result in a high pitch whistling noise.
If this is the case you can simply patch up the holes with duct tape.
Old ductwork can become misshapen and sag over time, which will impede the airflow through it. If any ductwork seems to be out of shape then it’s important to rehang it.
Check the Furnace
If the main source of the noise seems to be coming from the furnace then there are a few things you can look for. The main problems are usually caused by:
- Loose parts
- Problems with the gas ignition
- Problems with the motor
While no furnace is completely silent, any problems with your furnace can cause unwanted sounds such as loud rattling or banging. If your furnace seems unusually noisy then be sure to schedule an inspection as soon as possible.
Replace the Filters
Another common problem with furnaces is dirty filters. The dirtier the air filters get, the more the furnace’s blower fan has to work to get air around your house.
Be sure to check the filters every month to make sure they’re not getting clogged. Dirty filters will not only result in more noise, but they’ll even add to your heating bill.
Time to Fix Your Noisy Heater
When dealing with a noisy heater the most important thing is getting the problem fixed as soon as possible. If you’ve inspected your HVAC system and found any of these issues or your heater is still making noise you want to get them fixed as soon as possible.
If your heater is making noise then there is a large that something is wrong and you want to avoid any unnecessary further damage.
At Allied A/C & Heating, we pride ourselves on helping homeowners in the Port Richey and Pasco County areas keep their homes comfortable all year long. Contact our team to schedule an inspection today.