Atlanta homes that had their air conditioners turned off all winter may notice some strange noises when they’re fired up for the summer. When do those noises mean the homeowner should call their Marietta air conditioning service technician?
“AC units can make several sounds, but not all are cause for concern,” says Marietta air cooling expert Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning. “But some sounds require immediate attention, so homeowners should pay attention.”
A chirping sound could stem from the unit needing to warm back up after being out of use. The unit should be turned on and allow it to run for a few minutes. The sound will most likely go away, but if it doesn’t it could be the sign of a belt that needs to be replaced.
A clicking sound could signal a problem with the unit’s relay system and an expert will need to inspect the electrical portions of the unit to prevent further issues. A screeching sound is a sign the compressor may be going out. The unit should be turned off until a technician can inspect it to determine if the unit can be fixed.
Rattling noises can be heard for a number of reasons, including sticks or leaves getting stuck in the outside condenser unit. A rattling noise could indicate that a fan has become loose or a motor that is starting to wear out. A bent fan, loose belt or even a loose panel may also be the source of rattling sounds.
“Rattling noises aren’t immediately a reason to call us,” says Montgomery, who also performs heating and furnace repair. “But homeowners should keep an ear out because the noise could indicate the unit is beginning to wear out.”
While some of noises can signal bigger problems to come, homeowners should remember to call their AC service technician if they are worried about their unit. The technicians at Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning are on call 24 hours a day to help homeowners with any problems that may arise.
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