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Name That Sound!

Welcome to Name That Sound, the air conditioning game show where players to guess what could be making the strange sounds coming from their air conditioner! Surely, strange air conditioner noises can be quite alarming, especially since your air conditioner shouldn’t be making any strange sounds at all!

There are a number of culprits that could be causing some strange AC noises, and below, it’s your job to guess! And if your AC is making any of the noises below, we highly recommend you schedule your air conditioning repair in Brandon, FL ASAP.

Ready to play? Keep reading!

What’s That Sound?

Question One: What could be making that awful screeching sound?

a) A ghost

b) Nails on a chalkboard

c) AC motor problems

That’s right! The answer was c) AC motor problems! This sound can be indicative of a variety of motor issues. The culprit is most likely worn down motor bearings. When these bearings fail, there can be a lot of stress on the motor itself. If you hear this sound, be sure to contact your local HVAC technician right away!

Question Two: What’s making that rattling sound?

a) A rattlesnake

b) A baby with a rattle

c) Loose AC components

The answer to that question was yet again c) loose AC components! A rattling sound might just be a sign of a minor problem, like a loose cabinet door. However, it also may be that a component has come loose and is being knocked around. It may also suggest an issue with the blower fan, for example, the fan blades may be bent. If the rattling sound is coming from your ductwork, then it is likely some of your ducts are loose or damaged. Be sure to contact your local HVAC pro to accurately diagnose the issue.

Question Three: What could be making a hissing sound?

a) A snake

b) A refrigerant leak

c) An angry cat

Yes, the answer is b) a refrigerant leak. A hissing sound coming from your air conditioner is usually due to a refrigerant leak, which can happen due to corrosion on the refrigerant lines. The hissing sound is an early sign of this problem, indicative of high-pressure gas escaping from the system. If you hear this sound coming from your AC, it is important that you contact your local professional right away to prevent further damage to the system.

Bonus Question

When should you schedule your AC repair services?

a) At the first sign of a problem

b) When your cooling bills start to increase

c) When your AC no longer works

The answer to this question is definitely a) at the first sign of a problem! Your air conditioner is not inherently noisy. In fact, the only sound you should ever hear coming from your AC is the sound of air gently whooshing through the vents. If you hear any other strange noises, it is best to contact your local HVAC professional right away! Scheduling your repairs at the first sign of a problem is the best way to prevent costly bills and avoid a system breakdown!

To schedule your air conditioning repairs this summer, contact the experts at Bayonet Plumbing, Cooling, and Heating. 

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