It may be winter right now, but there’s no time like the present to start thinking about your air conditioner for next summer, which is when you are going to need it in order to stay cool and comfortable.
When your A/C begins to make weird noises, you worry that it is failing. While the issue may be minor, it is important that you contact an HVAC repair company as soon as possible for an inspection of your unit and to diagnose the noise(s) that you are hearing. Here are four different noises and the possible culprits that you should keep an ear out for:
Clanking and Banging
If you hear a loud clanking or banging noise from your AC, then it could mean several different things. The unit’s compressor could be damaged, which would require immediate inspection – and probably repair – by a heating and cooling professional. In addition, it could mean that a fan blade has become loose or damaged in some way, which would hang against the interior of the AC unit.
Hissing or Gurgling
When you notice a hissing or gurgling noise coming from your air conditioning system, it may indicate that there is a refrigerant leak somewhere. Refrigerant is what cools the air that enters into your home. When there is a leak, it is unable to cool your home. In some cases, especially with major leaks, other components of your air conditioning system could suffer. Generally, a gurgling noise indicates a small leak while a hissing noise indicates a larger leak.
As a general rule, if you hear a buzzing noise coming from your unit, then it is a sign that there is a problem with the electrical work. This could mean the motors, the wiring or even the capacitor. Electrical issues should not be DIY and should be left to a professional. A buzzing noise could also indicate an oil leak or that your motor is having difficulty getting started, which could mean it needs to be replaced.
Usually, a clicking noise isn’t nearly as bad as these other noises. However, it still means trouble. A clicking noise could mean that inside components have broken off or become loose. It could be a sign of an issue with your thermostat.
Under most circumstances, it is never best to try and diagnose and then repair any AC issues yourself. Any type of HVAC repair should be left to the professionals in Edina so as to avoid further damage to the AC unit and to yourself. The best thing you can do to avoid needing HVAC repair is by having your air conditioner undergo preventative maintenance throughout the year.
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