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Don’t Ignore Weird AC Sounds

woman-with-fanRoutine air conditioning maintenance is, without exception, your best chance for minimizing the need for AC repair in Madera, CA. That is why we offer homeowners throughout our service area an exceptional maintenance program. Even our top-notch maintenance is not enough to guarantee that your air conditioner will work 100% reliably at all times, unfortunately. In fact, nothing can do that.  You are going to need air conditioning repairs at some point. It’s just that simple. Don’t let this get you down.

Air conditioning repairs are inevitable but, in many cases, they need not be hugely detrimental. There are, in fact, a number of different warning signs that may alert you to potential problems with your air conditioning system. Strange sounds coming from your AC are among the most common. If and when your air conditioner starts to make such sounds, we implore you to schedule service with a member of our team immediately. The sooner that we diagnose and fix any issues, the better off your system is likely to be.

What Kind of Sounds Are We Talking About?

Your air conditioner has a compressor. It forces air through ductwork. It has fans, and many internal moving parts. This is to say that your air conditioner, even when operating at peak performance levels when absolutely nothing is wrong, is going to make some noise in its operation.

There is a big difference between normal operating sounds, however, and the types of sounds that we are talking about here, which should raise red flags. What kinds of sounds?

  1. You hear your compressor cycling on and off very frequently. This means that your air conditioner is short cycling. Check your air filter before calling for service, as this could be caused by a very dirty filter. If that’s not the case, however, you could have a bad capacitor or even a refrigerant leak, which could lead to serious damages.
  2. You hear a grinding sound. This could mean that parts are rubbing up against each other when they shouldn’t be, or simply that there is not sufficient lubrication on moving parts. A professional technician can figure out which parts are not well-lubricated and can solve the problem before damage is done, provided that you act quickly.
  3. You hear hissing sounds. This could mean that you have a refrigerant leak, as you can actually hear pressurized gas escaping the system in some instances. It could also be the sound of air escaping leaking ductwork, however, which will require professional duct sealing to resolve.
  4. You hear a screeching sound. This could also be the result of insufficient lubrication, resulting in a metal-on-metal squeal. It could also be a worn out belt, though. That’s an easy fix for a trained professional, but you’ll definitely want to have it done before the belt breaks entirely.

AC repairs are tricky for many reasons, the first being that there are typically a few different potential causes behind any given symptom. That is why a professional diagnosis is so important.

Schedule your AC repairs with California Indoor Comfort Inc. Where comfort and technology come together.

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