Why Is My Air Conditioner Making Noises?

AC Noises blog post“Why is my Air Conditioner making a ______________ noise?”

You might have asked yourself this question occasionally. All HVAC units make some noise when they run, because of all the components and moving parts. However, there are certain noises that require immediate attention. Depending on what the problem is, you may be able to fix it yourself, or you can give us a call at California Air Conditioning Systems to fix it in a professional manner.

What does this noise mean, and what should I do about it?

*****Before inspecting, checking, or attempting to fix anything in your AC, turn it off first!*****

  • Purr / Roar – Newer units are built to be softer than older ones, and so they will be purring along in the background as they run. Older units may have a deeper or slightly louder whir as they run, but this does not necessarily mean that they are malfunctioning.
  • Grinding – This likely indicates a problem with the bearings and belts of the blower. The belts get worn out or cracked over time. These cost your unit its efficiency, and cost you more money. If neglected, this will break and damage the whole unit. Call an HVAC technician to replace these.
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  • Rattling – In outdoor AC units, things such as sticks, rocks, leaves, trash, and other debris can get trapped inside the cover of the unit. In indoor systems, toys or trash may have gotten into vents or ducts. In both indoor and outdoor units, it could be some bolts or screws that are loosening. If you can, clean the unit and tighten screws. It could be more serious, such as an issue with the compressor; if the noise persists, call your HVAC company.
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  • Clanging & Banging – This is a problem with the blower. Other symptoms of a bad blower are an AC that stops working after a few hours, or does not blow cool air when it is on. An HVAC company will help you decide if you need to replace the whole thing or just certain parts.
  • Humming – If your AC is just a little noisier than normal, or if it’s making a humming noise, it could just need some lubrication. There are a lot of moving parts that need to be lubricated in order for the machine to run smoothly. Humming could also indicate that a key part of the AC has failed and the unit is trying to run without it. An AC check up/tune up would be ideal.
  • Clicking – An AC has a lot of electrical components, and one of these is the Capacitor. This is a part that sends electric currant to the motor to start it or keep it running. A clicking noise means that it might need to be replaced. This is a job for your HVAC technician.
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  • Hissing – A refrigerant, or Freon, leak will cause a hissing noise.

    “Freon” is a heat transfer fluid, which means it is capable of absorbing heat from the air indoors and transferring it outside to get cooled down. This air is then returned back indoors for everyone to enjoy. Freon is circulated over and over by your air conditioning system to cool the air. (via)

    Leaking Freon circulating through your house is not healthy. This needs to be taken care of by an HVAC professional. 

  • Scraping – Air Conditioners have 2 fan blades. This type of noise means these might be loose, causing them to scrape against the unit walls or other parts of the AC. An AC technician will be able to get this taken care of fairly quickly.

Hopefully, this list helped you troubleshoot your Air Conditioning unit or system. As always, if you have any questions about something your AC is doing, please call us at California Air Conditioning and ask. We are here to help! 310-530-0504

(If you live in the LA/South Bay area, click here to see how you can get $10 or 10% off your diagnosis fee with California Air Conditioning Systems, Inc.)


 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas?..Let the Planning Begin!

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So its that time of year again….when spring is in the air and mothers day is just around the corner. Whether you are super excited to celebrate this day or think its something just made up by the Hallmark Company….we here at California Air-Conditioning Systems think its great we have a day designated just for all the amazing mothers out there in the world who give so much time and energy (as well as worry and fret! lol) for their families. So here are a couple of unique gift ideas we found that we thought might bring a smile to moms face 🙂

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Idea #1: LETS GO SHOPPING!!

we found an amazing website called UncommonGoods click HERE to go directly to the mothers day gift ideas on the website ❤ They have an array of amazingly unique gifts, and you are sure to find something for one (or all) of the moms you have on your shopping list. Here are some examples

23758_meds.jpgThe “Birdie Yarn Bowl” that serves as a cute place for her to hold her yarn, but the design allows the yarn to stay in place while she weaves or crochets those itchy sweaters she loves giving you to wear during winter 🙂

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25279_meds.jpgAnother cool gift idea is this “Aromatherapy Shower Kit”For that mom in your life that cant get enough of essential oils, or for the mom who you know deserves a little taste of the spa life…(even if its just the 3 minutes of uninterrupted shower time she MIGHT get everyday). This is a unique way to bring a little relaxation into any moms life.

 

23144_meds.jpgDo you know a mama that loves her wine?…wait that came out as a question, we ALL know a mama that loves her wine. So why not buy her the “Aerating Wine Glasses”. So for those who may not be into wine just yet, wine is usually opened and allowed to “breathe” a little before drinking. Allowing the wine to be exposed to oxygen will allow its natural flavors to come through more. These wine glasses on the other hand have ridges on the inside that allow you to swirl the wine in the glass, and thus aerating the wine right in mommas hand!

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Idea #2: LET’S GET CRAFTY!!

Have creative little ones at home? maybe the mom in your life isn’t about material objects? or maybe you are simply on a budget but still want to show that special lady you care?…well here are a couple of crafty gift ideas that wont leave her feeling like you gave her something out of the kindergarten art reject pile 🙂

Do It Yourself Hard Water Stain Remover! Only TWO Ingredients!!! | Fabulessly Frugal: Photos! There is nothing a mom loves more that showing off pictures of her family…as well as anything they might have given her. So when you combine those two things and give her some creative family photos as a gift that she can show off to everyone (and she will!) you got yourself a crafty mothers day present she can cherish for years.

Click Here, to see this simple tutorial from http://fabulesslyfrugal.com/

 

Untitled.pngPlants! Does that special mom in your life love flowers and gardening?…well here is a simple idea that looks fabulously complicated and beautiful. We read the instructions and it really does look very simple and you end up with beautiful results. You might finish it so fast you can probably make mom a whole new garden…or take your time and get creative with the pots and  add some decoration or sparkles

Click HERE to get the very simple directions 🙂

 

 

 

*Whatever you get that special mom in your life, it really is all about trying to let the love you have for her shine through, like they said its the thought that counts. Whether its breakfast in bed, a fancy new purse, or just simply a hug and a kiss…whatever you give her if you do it with love she will cherish it always.

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CONTACT US California Air-Conditioning, Inc.

Email us: Here!.
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