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My Air Conditioning System Is Noisy—Should I Replace It?

It’s important that you keep a close watch out for signs of troubles in your air conditioning system so you can have them fixed in time to beat out the summer temperatures. After all, summers in Fresno, CA can be intense, and the heat places a great deal of stress on an air conditioning system.

One of the ways that an air conditioning system will tell you something is wrong is through odd noises. These noises can warn you that the air conditioner needs to have repairs. And sometimes, it will warn you that you should have the system replaced before the summer begins.

Warning sounds to listen for and what they may mean

Below are some individual noises you may hear from your air conditioning system. Call for repair technicians to locate the source of the problem and fix it.

  • Hissing: This may mean that refrigerant is escaping, which will quickly lead to an impaired AC and even catastrophic damage to the compressor.
  • Screeching: The bearings on the motors are wearing down and will need to be replaced before the motor itself suffers damage.
  • Grinding: This usually indicates stress on the motors, placing them in danger of burning out.
  • Clicking: One or more of the capacitors is failing.

General noisy operation

If your air conditioning system is creating a racket every time it turns on, then you probably have a system that’s too old to keep around. If your AC is more than 15 or even 20 years old, then it’s past its prime; stress has finally caught up with it. In these cases, it is more cost-effective to have the entire unit replaced rather than to continue on with costly repairs and a subsequent decline in energy efficiency.

If you’re unsure about whether you should repair or replace your air conditioning system, call our team of experienced HVAC technicians: they’ll be able to give you a honest answer about the best way forward to keep your home cool.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning offers high quality air conditioning installation and replacement services in Fresno, CA and throughout the Central Valley. Remember to take advantage of up to $1,650 in instant rebates through Carrier Cool Cash when you install a qualifying new system. Call us for more details.

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