A Breakdown Of Normal And Problematic Air Conditioner Noises

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If you listen to the sounds your central air conditioning system makes, you will be able to spot trouble with the system much faster. This article will fill you in on some of the regular sounds you can expect to come from your system and some of the sounds you want to watch out for that may indicate a problem.

Normal sounds your central air conditioning system will make

When your air conditioner kicks on it is normal for you to hear the motor run through the ducting. You may also hear a click as the system is triggered and when it turns off.

When you go outside near the compressor, you will be able to hear the motor running and the fan turning. The compressor can be quite loud and this is nothing for you to be concerned about.

Sounds that indicate a problem with your air conditioner

If you have a leak in your system then you may be able to hear it. A leaking duct may come across as a whistling sound. It can also sound like a hissing. The sound can travel through the vents in a way that makes it difficult for you to pinpoint where the leak is simply from listening through the vents.

Rattling noises: If there is a rattling sound coming from your system then it more than likely indicates the bearings are going out. This is a problem that requires immediate attention from a professional HVAC technician. If ignored, this sound can change to a loud banging when the unit is turned on and this means the problem is getting worse.

Buzzing or vibrating sounds: A buzzing or rattling sound can indicate a loose panel vibrating against the other parts of the housing. It can also indicate something has made its way in the housing and is vibrating against other parts of the motor when it moves. While this may not be an immediate cause for concern, it is something you should watch and have checked out during the next scheduled maintenance.

Clanking sounds: Clanking sounds that sound like rocks in a tin can generally means there is one or more parts in the housing of the compressor that are loose. This is usually a problem an HVAC technician can easily fix by opening up the housing of the compressor and tightening the bolts or screws on the loose parts.

Now that you know what to listen for, you will have an easier time keeping your central air conditioner in good working condition.

To learn more, contact an air conditioning company like JJ Bafaro Inc

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