Making sure your HVAC system operates as it should is vital to maintaining home comfort and efficiency. One way to stay on top of potential problems and stave off a breakdown is by listening to what your air conditioner might be telling you. Any unusual noises coming from your AC system could signify a potential problem. Read on to learn more about the impact of AC noises in your Warner Robins, Georgia, home.
Small Problems Can Lead to Major Issues
One of the first signs of problems with any component of your AC system is the noises it gives off. If you fail to have your system checked when you hear an issue, the damaged part could damage other components and cause a breakdown. This can make a simple problem that might have cost a couple of hundred dollars to repair result in a problem that costs thousands.
They Can Reduce Your AC System’s Longevity
When your system experiences damage that doesn’t get repaired, it can lead to increased wear and tear on the system. With regular maintenance, your system should last between 10 and 15 years. If you fail to address problems that arise, it can cause your system to wear down quicker. As a result, you’ll have to pay for more frequent repairs and a premature replacement.
They Can Lower Your AC System’s Efficiency
Your system runs most efficiently when all the parts are working in harmony. Even a small problem, such as a loose bearing, can cause your system to work harder to perform its job. When this occurs, it’ll expend more energy. As a result, it’ll cause a sharp increase in your utility bills.
They Can Decrease the Comfort of Your Home
Any problem with your air conditioner can affect the comfort in your home. Problems that reduce the airflow through the system or prohibit the system from properly removing humidity can lead to stickiness and hot and cold spots throughout your home.
AC Noises to Watch Out For
While you should have your system checked when you hear any AC noises that are out of the ordinary, there are a that should prompt an immediate call to your HVAC service technician. Here they are:
- Banging: Banging is often a sign that there’s a loose or broken part. This can damage other components or create an imbalance in your indoor blower.
- Buzzing: Buzzing noises can signal a number of problems, such as debris in the outdoor unit, a failing fan motor, a blower going bad and even refrigerant leaks.
- Grinding: Grinding noises are most often caused by a faulty condenser unit. It can also be a bad bearing or a fan blade rubbing against something.
- Squealing: Squeaks and squeals could be a sign of a leak in your ductwork or a bad fan or blower motor. Another problem could be a worn belt or one in need of lubrication. It could also be a more simple problem such as the blower wheel and housing malfunctioning.
- Humming: Humming is often a sign of loose parts or vibration in the refrigerant lines. While these problems are minor, they can turn into a large problem if not addressed. Humming could also be a sign of a more dangerous electrical problem.
- Rattling: Rattling noises can be as simple as twigs or debris caught in your outdoor unit or as serious as your air conditioners deterioration. Another major problem that can result in rattling is a fan that has come loose.
- Clicking: Some clicking can be normal during the start-up or shut down process of the system. But if the clicking is ongoing, it could be a sign that your thermostat is defective or failing. It also could be a sign of another potential electrical problem occurring in your system.
Noticing any unusual AC noises in your home? Contact us at 478-225-4921 today. Pruett Air Conditioning will address your issue and make sure your system is running properly.
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