Keeping a well-maintained A/C unit can be as easy as taking a moment to listen to it. You depend on your A/C for your family’s health and comfort, so it pays to familiarize yourself with the normal sounds your unit makes. In case something should go wrong, you may be able to get an idea of what the problem is. Here are a few tips for recognizing the audible signs of trouble in a noisy air conditioner compressor.
- Bubbling, gurgling, and hissing sounds could be a sign of a refrigerant leak. This means that your A/C is not going to get as cold as it should. Leaky refrigerant also pollutes the air and can have serious impacts on the environment; these problems should be addressed immediately.
- Clanking, rattling, or other “metallic” sounds are signs of a problem with the mechanical parts of the unit such as the fan. The fix could be as simple as tightening a bolt or replacing a faulty piece of hardware. These are among the easiest and cheapest problems to solve, but should be addressed promptly to avoid further damage to the system.
- Buzzing noises typically come from electronic components in the system. If you hear a buzzing or popping sound, you could have an electrical short in the compressor motor or somewhere else in the circuit. If left unattended, these problems could cause a fire, so they should be inspected by a qualified professional immediately.
- Clicking sounds could be coming from a relay or a control unit at the compressor. If the noise occurs rapidly and repeatedly, you may have a faulty component. These components should be replaced immediately; your A/C will not function correctly without them.
For professional help fixing your noisy air conditioner compressor, contact your heating & cooling specialists. Cooper Climate Control has been serving the Valley-Metro area for 21 years. Our dedicated team is committed to finding solutions to all your heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration needs.