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What’s All That Racket About?

Living in New York, you have probably become accustomed to the various clatters that your air conditioning unit produces, but did you know that excessive noise from an AC unit is not normal? Did you know that noise can sometimes indicate that a problem is on the horizon? Before you dismiss the clatter and racket of your AC unit as simply being ‘one of those things’, take a moment to look at what could be causing it:
1:   Does your system need lubrication?
Quite often, if an AC motor requires lubrication, it will make a grinding or humming noise. It is a good idea to oil the AC motor at the start of each summer. Additionally, you should mention any noises to your New York air conditioning contractor.
2:  Are wobbly screws to blame?
As you are aware, an air conditioning unit vibrates when it is in use. What you probably don’t know is that as it vibrates, screws in the unit can progressively become loose. Quite often, a noisy AC unit is due to either loose screws in the unit’s panel or mounting screws that have become wobbly. In both cases, this can easily be rectified by tightening the screws with a screwdriver.
3: Are coil fins the issue?
An AC unit may become noisy if the coil fins are obstructed and blocked up with dirt. If this is the case, then you can simply use the brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt fragments. If your coil fins are bent, then this can also cause an annoying humming noise from your AC unit. You can straighten the fins by using a fin comb – simply insert the teeth of the comb between the fins and slide to straighten them out.
If your noise problems persist, and your AC system is crooning more than it is cooling, contact a professional AC contractor in New York.