Friday, March 16, 2018

Why Is Your Air Conditioner Making Noises?

A noisy air conditioner can not only be a nuisance, but it could also be a sign that your unit is on the verge of a breakdown. Ignoring the noises that your air conditioner is making could result in a minor issue becoming an even bigger one. To help you diagnose the issue, here is what you need to know to avoid a major repair.

What Is Causing the Noise? 

The type of noise you are hearing could provide a clue as to what is going on with your air conditioner. For instance, a clicking noise could be a sign that the thermostat is on the verge of failing. It could also point to a problem with other electrical components within the unit. 

A clanking or banging noise could be indicative of compressor issues. The compressor itself could be loose or have a loose part, such as a piston pin. An imbalance with the indoor blower or outdoor fan could also lead to both noises. 

Other noises, such as buzzing, humming, and squealing, can result from other issues, including debris in the unit, a dirty condenser coil, or refrigerant leaks.

What Can You Do? 

Unless you have experience with air conditioner repairs, your options for dealing with a noisy air conditioner are limited. However, there are a few steps you can take to attempt to resolve the issue. 
For instance, you can change the air filter in the unit. You should also check the outside unit for debris. Debris can sometimes be removed with the use of a vacuum cleaner equipped with a brush attachment. Before attempting to remove the debris, turn off the electrical power to the unit. 

If the noises continue, contact us. An experienced JR Perkins HVAC technician can inspect your air conditioner, locate the source of the noise, and take the necessary steps to get your unit operating as quietly and efficiently as possible.

JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing Phoenix and specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at or call (480) 422-4437.