Homeowners are used to air conditioning units making some type of sound while operating, especially when first turning them on after being off for a while. (Though during Louisiana summers, is there really ever a time we don’t have the air conditioner running?)
However, there are some sounds that your air conditioner should not be making at any time. If you A/C unit begins to sounds like a haunted house or fully functional manufacturing plant, it’s time to call in the experts right away!
Here are some particularly troubling sounds to keep an ear out for in your home.
– If there’s a constant “buzz” sound coming from your A/C unit, this could be a sign that it has a serious electrical issue. Faulty wiring will lead to very serious damage to your air conditioner if not addressed right away, so be sure to get buzzing noises checked immediately.
– If your air conditioner seems to be possessed by a snake, that could mean your unit is leaking something at some point along the air pathway. Leaks, luckily, may be easily patched up, but you should seek the help of a professional to ensure you are patching all possible leakage points.
– If your air conditioner is new or relatively new, some squealing sounds will be normal as all the moving parts start working for the first time. If you hear squealing and your A/C unit is not new, then you should call in professional help.
Constant sounds are easier to detect as you’re more likely to be around when you hear them.
However, if you do happen to hear one or more of the following intermittent sounds, they are likely your air conditioner calling out for help.
Clothes dryer banging
– If it sounds like something is rattling around in the ducts similar to loose change rattling in a clothes dryer, it could mean sometime has fallen into the A/C from inside the home. It could also mean a part of the A/C has broken off.
Both scenarios could lead to trouble if not fixed quickly.
– If it sounds like something is banging against itself inside your A/C, it could mean there is a screw loose or the fan is becoming imbalanced. Make sure to get a professional to look at it soon.
Causes of Air Conditioning Sounds
Air conditioning units include many parts – some constantly moving – so one or more could begin making unusual sounds throughout the life of your unit.
Some common issues begin with the air conditioner’s compressor/condenser unit, its duct system, the electric motor and fans that pump air throughout the home, and even the control unit. (The latter of which is actually quite easy – it probably just needs a new battery!)
Attempting to identify the source of the sound can be very challenging on your own, which is why you should consult the help of your South Louisiana HVAC experts. Check out our contact page or call us at (985) 892-7071. We look forward to making your home pleasantly temperature controlled –and less noisy– for months & years to come!