Grinding noises are unsettling almost anywhere: whether in your car, your
workplace, or your home. Why are these noises so uncomfortable? Aside
from the immense amount of ear pain they can cause, grinding noises are
also usually indicator that something has gone wrong and that if you don’t
do something quickly, something even worse may be about to happen. This
pattern holds true for your air conditioner: if you’re hearing a
loud and painful grinding noise, odds are something isn’t working
right, and you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a Palm Beach County
air conditioning technician to schedule a repair. Here are a few of the
most common things that may be causing your air conditioning to produce
awful grinding noises.
As a homeowner you’re probably familiar with what sounds your air
conditioning unit makes as it starts up, operates, and then shuts back
down again. Depending on what point you start hearing the grinding noise,
you may be able to identify one of the possible sources of the issue.
For example, if your system starts making a grinding noise when it turns
on, this could be an indication that the blower fan belt has come loose
and started to rub against other components or the sides of your air conditioner’s
cabinet. This could also indicate the belt is wearing out and needs to
If your air conditioner doesn’t necessarily grind on startup but
starts making strange noises during general operation, there’s a
good chance the issue is more serious: you could be dealing with a worn-out
or damaged compressor. Your compressor is a critical component of your
system that sends refrigerant through your air conditioner’s coil
lines to allow for heat exchange. A compressor has a piston that compacts
the gas-state refrigerant, and when the piston wears down, it starts to
make a grinding noise. Furthermore, the piston itself may not be the issue,
but another mechanical part in the compressor could be the source of the
problem. In any case, odds are you’re probably going to have to
resort to replacing your compressor, which can be a pretty hefty repair.
But My System is Working Fine!
Just because your system is working as expected doesn’t mean that
you shouldn’t choose to ignore the noise and keep using it as normal.
Grinding noises are a message from your air conditioner: something is
wrong and unless you take action, the problem could go from inconvenient
to catastrophic and force your entire air conditioning system to break
down. Even if your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be affected by
the din it’s producing, odds are it’s only a matter of time
before something goes wrong and you’re calling a Palm Beach County
air conditioning expert for an emergency repair for a problem that you
may have otherwise been able to prevent had you been proactive.
To make a long story short: don’t ignore grinding noises. It’s
far better to have a professional inspect your system and diagnose the
problem ahead of time than it is to continue trying to use your system
and risk having a minor issue turn major and cause your whole system to
fail. Failed system soften require total replacement, which can cost thousands
of dollars, whereas a minor service for something like a blower motor
may cost no more than a few hundred or so. The smaller investment in a
repair now could pay for itself monumentally in the long run when your
air conditioner gets several extra years of life and reliable use than
simply trying to brush off a problem now.
Is your air conditioner making a grinding noise?
Don’t wait; contact Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today by dialing 888-660-4337 to request a full inspection and diagnostic