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Distress Signals Your Air-Conditioner Sends When It’s In Trouble

by | Jul 24, 2018 | Air Conditioning | 0 comments

Aaahh! The soothing, low, quiet hum of your air-conditioner on a hot summer day.  Today’s units are quieter than ever.  But, strange noises coming from your outdoor condenser (a.c.) unit may be a sign of distress.  Listen up!


A continual, unpleasant screeching/squealing which assaults your ears may be a sign that your motor belts or bearings need attention. Fan blades may be bent.

Even more alarming, squealing may be a sign of compressor failure.  The compressor is the heart of the cooling system; expensive to repair or replace.  Compressor failure in an aging unit often indicates the need for complete system replacement.

If you hear annoying squealing from your system, turn it off immediately and call for help from your trained Lifestyle Comfort Solutions technician.

Banging/ Thumping/Clanking/Rattling

The blower motor, a major component which moves conditioned air into the duct system, may be compromised.  Causes range from simple debris in the system to more serious damage which may lead to catastrophic failure requiring system replacement.  The blower motor and its motor mounts may have given way, leaving this major component loose within the system.

Never ignore these sounds.  Turn off the unit and call for professional assistance from a trained Lifestyle Comfort Solutions technician.

Clicking/Flapping Sound

Frequently, a clicking or flapping sound is the result of debris in the system: sticks, mulch, pin straw, grass.  Lifestyle Comfort Solutions’ technicians have removed small rodents, snakes, and squirrels who found their way into the outdoor unit.

Properly functioning units may make a brief clicking sound when they cycle on.  However, when clicking  continues more than a few seconds, professional diagnosis is advisable.

Debris in the system may cause wear and tear which, over the long term, shortens the life of your system, and interferes with the level of comfort the system delivers.

If you decide to investigate on your own, BE SURE TO POWER DOWN THE UNIT TO AVOID ELECTRIC SHOCK. We recommend professional assistance for your safety and peace of mind.

When mowing, sweeping, or blowing leaves, direct clippings, dust, and debris away from the outside condenser to lessen the amount of debris blown into the unit.

Have regular system maintenance performed each season. A Lifestyle Comfort Solutions’ Comfort Zone Agreement offers money saving maintenance, plus a host of other benefits.

At Lifestyle Comfort Solutions, we create homes and workplaces which are comfortable, safe, healthy, and energy efficient.  Season after Season, we’re committed to comfort.

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