Troubleshooting a Noisy Air Conditioner
by The Cooling Company, on Aug 28, 2013 6:25:50 AM
Does your air conditioner seem to be much louder than it was when you first purchased it? There are many reasons why your air conditioner may be making loud noises and you should never ignore them. While some noises are perfectly normal, others can mean that your unit needs professional repairs.
First of all, troubleshooting a noisy air conditioner requires that you are aware of what noises are normal and what are not. This way, you will be able to tell the HVAC technician what the problem is. Listen to your AC carefully for a bit of time. Normal noises include low "swooshing" sounds and water flowing.
However, if the noises become louder as the unit runs, it is possible that your system needs repairs, maintenance or even a full replacement. In some cases, it may simply be that some debris has accumulated within the unit and needs to be cleaned out. Nevertheless, when noises seem to be uneven, it it best to call on an air conditioning repair professional.
The most common abnormal noises that air conditioners make include squealing, hissing and buzzing. If your unit is squealing, either occasionally or frequently, that usually mean that the belt that connects to the fan's blades has become worn out or damaged. In this case, you will need the help of a professional to install a new belt.
Hissing sounds typically mean that your unit has begun leaking. There are two common places that A/Cs may develop leaks, and they are its duct work and within the unit's refrigerant coils. Both of these parts are subject to a lot of wear and tear and as such, may need repair from time to time.
Buzzing sounds can be a more serious problem as they signify some sort of electrical problem. This is usually due to damaged wiring, circuit overloads or defective parts. Since electrical problems can be potentially dangerous, whenever your air conditioner is buzzing, you should call on a trained A/C professional ASAP!.
During the hot summer months in Las Vegas, it is essential that you make sure your air conditioner is in good running condition. Even if it is not making loud noises, it is a good idea to have it checked regularly. This way, you can prevent any problems in the future. For more information and to schedule a maintenance check, repair service or new install, contact The Cooling Company today.