Modern air conditioning systems are quieter than ever. And we’d like to ensure that yours stays as quiet as it can be. High-efficiency AC units feature sound-dampening technology as well as two-stage (variable speeds) compressors that keep the sound levels to 55 decibels or less. When you hear unusual or extremely loud noises coming emanating from your AC pay attention.
In the absence of a solution to the mysterious sounds coming from your, AC could turn small issues into costly costs since these sounds can indicate anything from a simple tune-up to major repairs or even replacement of the whole unit. The earlier you are able to find out the cause that is causing the issue and solve your AC problems the more effective.
Here are a few most common sounds your HVAC system might make, and what they could mean.
1. Banging Noise
A loud bang is usually an indicator of broken or loose parts like such as a connecting rod piston pin or crankshaft -inside the compressor for air conditioning. Or perhaps, your indoor blower is unbalanced. The sound of banging could suggest that your system requires the replacement of the compressor.
2. Clanking Noise
Clanking is another indicator of a faulty or out-of-balance component. The components within the sealed unit are likely to have been damaged and the compressor might have become sloppy and may require replacement. This sounds could mean that the indoor or outdoor fan’s blades are not in balance and are hitting other components. These kinds of problems are likely to grow worse and lead to bigger issues if they are not addressed.
3. Clicking Noise
The sound of electronic components during shutdown and start-up is a common element of the system’s operation however continuous or continual clicking isn’t common. It could be an indication of a malfunctioning control or a malfunctioning thermostat. There are many electrical components within your unit and it’s important to look out for the possibility of electrical issues as soon as you can before you face larger issues to deal with.
4. Buzzing Sound
The sound of a buzzing from the outside of your unit might refer to:
- Parts that are loose
- Debris can be found in the outdoor or indoor unit
- The motor of the outdoor fan is in a loose state or is about to fail.
- The fan blades are loosened or are out of balance.
- The copper lines that run from out to in are rubs against something
- The condenser coil must be cleaned
- The air filter should be replaced
- The blower is bouncing or is out of balance
- Leaking refrigerant can cause the air conditioner to freeze. If the air conditioning isn’t cooling it could be because of this.
If your AC unit appears to be operating outside but isn’t cooling inside it’s likely to be the result of a refrigerant leak. It could cause distinctive noises, based on the severity of the leak is and the location it’s situated.
5. Squealing Noise
Fan and blower noises such as squeaks, squeals, and rattles can be transmitted through the system of ducts. Indoor and outdoor fan motors as well as blower motors make loud noises when they’re in trouble. The housing and the blower wheel can also be heard squealing when they’re malfunctioning. Some units make the sound will be normal at the start-up. You should be able to discern if this is a sound that your unit is always making or if it’s a brand new sound.
6. Humming Noise
A humming noise is generally not necessarily a sign of something going wrong, but it suggests that something within the air conditioner is not working. Unstable parts and refrigerant pipes can cause vibration, and when left unchecked, could result in a larger maintenance problem. Sometimes, buzzing or humming sounds indicate electrical issues. If the compressor buzzes but does not start, it might be an issue with the motor. However, an electrical issue could trigger the noise.
7. Chattering/Rattling Noise
A loud rumbling sound could mean the air conditioning system is beginning to wear out, and certain parts of it are becoming loose. A possible cause is leaves or twigs that may have blocked your system. The electrical component in the device can also produce an eerily sound that could cause damage to other components like the compressor if left to continue. The other cause could be fans, as they can rattle when it’s loose. The first step is to look for loose bolts or screws within the casing of the unit Clean condenser coils and change the air filter in your home.
8. Screaming Noise
If you can hear high-pitched shouting or screams, turn down the AC and contact an expert immediately. Most likely, the reason is a leak in the refrigerant that not only harms your air conditioner but may be a threat to the health of your family members. The screaming could also be a sign of the presence of high pressure inside your compressor, which can be extremely risky. If your AC turns off by itself Do not be alarmed. Think of it as a positive thing. Sensors are doing their job to safeguard yourself from the potentially dangerous circumstances.
9. Pulsating Noise
A cooling system that makes the sound of pulsing isn’t an indication of something wrong A slight pulse can be normal in the event that the AC is running. However, if your AC’s outdoor unit is making a loud pulsing sound that is heard from the inside of your home it could mean that something is loose within the unit and has to be repaired. It is possible that the culprit is the blades and motors of the fan and any other loose component or component could trigger an erupting sound within the AC.
10. Whirring Noise
If your AC is sounding like an aircraft, you may be experiencing one of a variety of mechanical problems that affect the indoor unit or outdoor unit. The most common sound that is heard within an AC is caused by worn bearings in the indoor fan’s motor or a malfunctioning fan, either in the indoor blower unit or the outdoor unit. If the blades begin to break or the fan itself begins to fail then a whirring, helicopter-like sound can be heard. It could also be due to a damaged or broken belt within the system.
But, the issue isn’t always due to a malfunctioning part. Sometimes, a piece of paper or other debris can get trapped in either the indoor blower fan or the outdoor fan unit, causing a rapid, helicopter-blade-like whirring noise.
Examining Weird Air Conditioner Noises
In the event that your unit’s air conditioning begins making a strange sound, it is possible to look into the issue before calling an expert to assist you. Sometimes, you can perform a DIY repair for your outdoor air conditioning unit to determine the source of the strange noises. For instance leaf debris, fluff from trees, and seed pods are a common cause of clogging the condenser’s coils in an outdoor unit which can strain the system, could cause pulsing, buzzing or even a reduction in cooling capacity.
You can take off the top of the outdoor AC unit to inspect for any loose fan blades. Clean the outside and inside of the unit by using a hose and a soft-bristled brush. Make sure to change the filter.
If you notice something odd which you think could be a sign of the existence of a problem regarding your AC It’s a great idea to shut off your central AC unit to ensure it is assessed thoroughly, regardless of whether you’re planning to inspect it on your own or contact immediate assistance from a professional. Air conditioning units can cost much to fix and replace as well as allowing a malfunctioning air conditioner to run could cause further damage. While it’s not ideal to be a victim of a broken air conditioner, a regular inspection and tune-up will help keep future issues from occurring.
How do you cut down on AC noise?
If a technician discovers no issue in your air conditioner or you’re trying to reduce the sound of your recently installed unit, there are several alternatives to eliminate the sound of your air conditioner.
One option is the sound blanket. In newer air conditioners, the majority of the noise is generated by the compressor. You can take off the top layer of your AC outdoor unit and place an audio blanket over the compressor. It is placed on top. It will reduce the noise of the unit.
An alternative is to set up some sound-dampening fencing around the A/C unit. It is also possible to hide the outdoor part and is something that many homeowners like visually appealing. To reduce the sound, it is recommended to use fencing materials that have boards that overlap. Be sure to put fencing at least 3 feet from the AC, to ensure it gets the airflow it requires for proper operation.
There’s also the option of planting plants around the AC however, you’ll have to maintain them by cutting them back. To keep noise out of your home, put some large plants in front of the windows that are on the side that faces the AC and put up noise-blocking curtains in your bedrooms at the very least, in the case that they’re on the same part of the house as the outside AC unit.
When is it time to replace a squeaky Air Conditioner?
If your appliance is becoming older, the best option could be to simply replace it. The loudness of an older model is typically an indication of age and could be a sign of serious issues such as leaks of refrigerant or a malfunctioning compressor. Since R22 refrigerant is replaced with R32, the addition of refrigerant to an older system is costly enough to warrant the replacement of the entire system. A compressor replacement, in addition, is pricey enough to warrant replacing an entire conditioning system is more economical.