Much like a headache and stuffy nose might be indications that you’re getting sick, your air conditioner will also show signs that it may not be in the best of health as well. One of the most obvious signs of a problem: the sounds your air conditioner makes. If your system starts making strange noises, you may be experiencing a problem, and you should reach out to an Orlando air conditioning repair expert as soon as possible.
Here are three noises your air conditioner could be making, what they indicate, and what you should do if you hear them coming from your system.
Loud Squealing or Screeching
Squealing or screeching can be among the worst and most unbearable noises your air conditioner can make. Not only is it painful to your ears, but it’s also painful to your system. These noises can indicate a whole variety of problems, but most often points to a problem with your blower motor, notably a bad belt or motor bearing. Often times these are caused by continual running of your blower motor, even when your system has been shut off, added air pressure from having too many closed vents in your system, or even holes and cracks in your air ducts.
If you hear this loud squealing or screeching in your system, you should immediately shut it off because you’re going to need a repair service from an Orlando air conditioning repair professional. In many cases, the repair might be simple: just add lubricant and you’ll be ok. However, sealed units will need to be replaced in order to stop the awful din. In other cases, you may need to replace the blower motor belt or the motor bearing in order to get it to stop and run normally again.
Thumping, Rattling, or Clanking Noises
Your air conditioner should ideally run with a smooth, soft hum. However, any banging, thumping, rattling, or other noises could indicate that something is coming loose. This would usually cause vibration, leading to rattling noises, but something coming dislodged completely would lead to a loud thump or clunk as it disconnects. If you hear these loud noises, shut your system off completely and call a professional to diagnose the issue.
In some instances, this is caused by the blower motor mounts coming loose, usually from the motor itself getting out of alignment. When this is the case, you should have a professional inspect the motor setup to see if anything has become damaged to the point where it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Repeated Clicking Sounds
Air conditioners require extensive and complex electrical circuits in order to function properly. When one component goes out, it could bring the entire system down with it. Fortunately, there are some indicators that this may be about to happen, including these repeated clicking sounds. This is usually an indicator that an electrical relay may be about to give out, especially if the clicking is coming from the control panel or the outside compressor unit.
When this is the case, let a professional handle replacing the relay to make sure everything gets installed properly and your system won’t turn into a massive electrical fire hazard the moment you turn it on. Additionally, air conditioners need high amounts of voltage to work; a professional can make sure your system is repaired and maintained properly in order to avoid any injuries that may result from being shocked by this high voltage current.
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