Many manufacturers take pride in the quietness of their air conditioning and heating systems during normal operation. This is why hearing unusual noises coming from your own air conditioning can often mean underlying problems that must be addressed quickly. We asked our pros about common noises air conditioners make, what they could mean, and how you, as a homeowner, could properly deal with it.
1. Hissing Noises
If you’ve ever let out air from a rubber balloon, you would know what escaping air would sound like. It often starts as a small hiss which, as the point of escape begins to get bigger, escalates into a much louder more noticeable noise. As you may have figured out, hissing sounds indicate escaping air and for a closed-air system, this could only mean trouble. Air leaks can gradually cause your air conditioning to rack up utility bills and may even wear out your system quickly.
Most air leaks happen within your ductwork and, unfortunately, this occurs often beyond the abilities of most D.I.Y. enthusiasts. If you have a leak in your vents and ducts, call us to promptly seal it up without damaging the rest of the system.
2. Rattling from the Condenser
Our HVAC technicians have been called hundreds of times for cases where homeowners hear rattling noises from their condenser. The condenser is the unit of your air conditioning that sits outside and it’s where the evaporator coils are located. The unit itself is usually protected from outside factors such as small tree branches, or other debris, but there are times when unnecessary elements could still find its way inside. When this happens, it could damage the coils and cause hundreds of dollars worth of repairs or replacement.
If the debris is large enough for you to remove, you can do so yourself but turn the power off for the whole unit first. However, to be completely sure that there are no smaller parts trapped inside, it’s best to call for professional help.
3. Loud Clanking Sounds
Perhaps the last type of sound you want to hear from your system is clanking noises. At J&M Air Conditioning and Heating, our experts find that 9 times out of 10, clanking sounds are caused by loose parts from inside your system. You don’t have to be a trained technician to know that this could mean bad news.
If you hear clanking sounds from anywhere in your home’s heating or air conditioning, cut off its power right away and call for HVAC repair services as soon as possible. Contact our experts at (951) 663-4895 or submit an online form to get started.