One of the major warning signs that a mechanical device of any kind is malfunctioning is when it starts to produce loud and unpleasant noises that it doesn’t normally make. The sound that people most often think of when it comes to a broken machine is a horrible grinding noise coming from a car engine.
However, your air conditioning system can make some major alert noises as well. When that happens, you need to know what to do.
First, you must call for professionals
Regardless of the noise you hear from the AC, if it is loud enough to be distracting and you don’t know what’s causing it, you should call for an air conditioning professional to look into it and see what repairs it needs. One of the problems with air conditioning noise is that it is difficult to diagnose the cause unless you look into the cabinet—and you aren’t qualified to do that (unless you’re a trained HVAC technician). Professionals will know what to look for and determine what work must be done to restore the AC.
What kinds of noises are you hearing?
Turn off the air conditioner and don’t run it again until it is fixed. However, think about the type of noise that you heard so you can inform the technician and help get him or her on the way toward solving the problem. If the noise was a harsh screeching or shrieking, it most likely points to problems with the AC’s motors, such as worn bearings or a motor that is about to give out. Hissing sounds probably mean escaping refrigerant, which is a serious problem. Clicking indicates the capacitors are close to failing, or may have failed. Describe the noise when the technician arrives, and you should soon be on your way to having your AC restored to ideal working conditions.
At JW Heating and Air, we make replacements, repairs and installations the best experience you can have done at your house. Call us for service in Whittier, CA and throughout the greater Los Angeles, San Fernando and San Gabriel areas.