Haunted House or AC Repair Issue?
A properly working AC unit emits a soft hum. A malfunctioning, defective, or old AC unit will emit bangs, clangs, and grinding - not unlike a ghost. There’s no need to call in the Ghostbusters. However, it may be a good time to consider partnering with an air conditioner repair service.
In most places, having a broken AC is almost worse than living in a haunted house. Within hours, homeowners might hear cries, wails, and moaning - and that’s not coming from ghosts; it’s from the people living there. By recognizing the sounds of a broken AC, homeowners can take action before their homes turn into horror houses.
Loose Parts Could Cause Clunking
Banging and clanging means that something’s loose inside the AC unit. It could be something simple, like a loose screw, or something more complicated, like a cracked valve. If homeowners feel brave enough, they can identify the source by unscrewing the AC’s cover plate and peering inside.
If the problem isn’t immediately obvious, they should consider the benefits of partnering with an AC maintenance company.
Maybe a Belt Is Behind That Brinding
This isn’t necessarily a serious problem if caught early. Having the AC on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is bound to cause some wear and tear. Most construction retail stores even sell AC belts for about ten dollars each.
If the issue isn’t a belt, the grinding could indicate a problem with the compressor. This component serves as the heart of the unit, pumping refrigerant to different parts of the unit. Without a functioning compressor, the appliance won’t work. Unlike a worn or loose belt, this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. In some instances, units may need to be replaced.
Low Refrigerant Could Cause Hissing
There isn’t a giant snake hiding in the AC unit; it’s likely a refrigerant leak. Just like how an AC unit can’t function without a working compressor, it can’t work with refrigerants, either. Imagine the human body with a beating heart but no blood going through the veins. This is comparable to an AC unit with a leak. The AC will blow hot or room temperature air without enough refrigerant - every homeowner’s worst nightmare.
As mentioned previously, homeowners can identify the leak source by turning the AC unit on and following the sound. If they notice an unpleasant odor coming from the device, they should turn off the AC unit as soon as possible. While most AC units aren’t powered by gas, homeowners don’t want to risk carbon monoxide poisoning.
Depending on the severity of the leak, the solution could be as easy as locating the leak and patching the leak with duct tape. In more complicated situations, homeowners should consider calling in an HVAC technician.
About AAA Modern Air
AAA Modern Air has served South Florida since 1969. Services include AC replacement, air conditioning repair, and a wealth of other options. Don’t get caught in the Florida heat with a working AC; instead, allow these experts to diagnose the issue and give a free estimate. Call now for AC services!