What is That Sound Coming from My Air Conditioner?

Air conditioners are large and complex machines with many different moving parts, so some noise is to be expected. However, your air conditioning unit shouldn’t be disruptive. If your air conditioner has started to make loud or unusual noises, it could be an indication of a serious problem. Here are some of the most common reasons for excessive air conditioner noise and what you can do to prevent it.

When Should I Be Concerned?

It can be difficult to tell what noises from your air conditioner are normal and which sounds are causes for concern. Some sounds associated with malfunctioning air conditioning units include:

  • Rattling—if you hear a rattling noise coming from the inside of your HVAC unit, there may be outdoor debris such as leaves, sticks or dirt trapped in your air conditioning vents. It could also be an indication of loose screws or a problem with your unit’s compressor.
  • Grinding—grinding often indicates a problem with the fan motor.
  • Hissing—hissing noises could be a sign of an issue with the ductwork or sign of a possible refrigerant leak.
  • Loud noises—if your air conditioner is making it difficult for you hear, it may be a sign that various parts of your unit are worn out and need to be repaired or replaced.

If you hear any of these noises, contact a professional HVAC technician as soon as possible. Fixing these problems on your own can be a serious health and safety hazard. In order to avoid accidents, make sure you consult a professional before attempting any of your own repairs.

The best way to avoid these issues is to have your air conditioning unit regularly inspected and maintained. Simple upkeep such as cleaning your air filter will go a long way when it comes to maintaining the quality of your HVAC unit. Have your air conditioner professionally inspected and repaired will detect and solve any issues before they develop into something more serious. For high-quality and experience HVAC installation, inspection and repair, contact us today at City Gas Company.