If you’re not already using your air conditioner to keep cool on a daily basis, our first question is “Why the heck not?!” Our second question, though, would be “Are you keeping a close eye out in case any problems develop?” Problems are most likely to occur for air conditioners during the summer season, when demand on the system is at its peak. That means now should be when you’re most watchful for any signs that your system needs professional repair services. One of the most common signs that your system is experiencing problems is if weird noises are coming from it during operation. Have a look at some of the more common air conditioner noises that should be cause for concern below.
One of the most obvious signs that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioner is if you hear it turning on and off every couple of minutes. This behavior is called short cycling and it’s problematic for a number of reasons. First, it cuts down significantly on the air conditioner’s ability to circulate cool air. Second, it ramps up the amount of wear and tear the system has to deal with. Prolonged short cycling causes parts of the air conditioner to wear down and fail faster than they otherwise would. If the problem goes on for quite a while without being fixed, it can even shorten the lifespan of the air conditioner by a number of years. So make sure that you have a professional examine your air conditioner as soon as you notice it doing this.
A grinding sound coming from your air conditioner means that the system is probably having a problem with the air handler. The air handler is the part of the system that actually circulates air throughout the house. Moving that much air generates a lot of friction, so the air handler motor contains lubricated bearings to help it run more smoothly. These bearings wear down over time, causing the friction on the system to increase. If you hear a grinding sound coming from your air conditioner, call for repairs as soon as you can. The bearings in your air handler motor must be replaced, before they fail completely and the motor burns out.
If your air conditioner is making a hissing noise, it indicates that you probably have air bubbles in the refrigerant line. That means that you have a leak, which is a serious issue. The air conditioner relies on a set charge of refrigerant to operate properly. A leak will deplete the system’s refrigerant supply, causing a steady drop in output. Eventually, the refrigerant level will drop low enough that the air conditioner breaks down entirely. If you hear your air conditioner making this noise, especially if it’s accompanied by fluid leaking from the system, contact a professional right away.
If your air conditioner is in need of repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure that your system is able to keep you cool throughout the summer season.
Switzerland Air offers a full range of air conditioner repair services throughout Lake Jackson, TX.