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Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

If something is failing or going amiss with your HVAC unit, chances are, your HVAC unit is letting you know something is not quite right. However, most of the cues come in the form of sounds that many of us may overlook. If you hear your HVAC unit grinding, squealing, screeching or squeaking, it is letting you know it needs help. I was unaware of these cues and overlooked them. It ended up costing me a lot of money in repairs. I want to make sure that does not happen to other people, so I made this website. I hope you learn how to interpret the noises your HVAC unit is making so you can get it the repairs it needs before you incur a costly repair, or worse, permanently ruin your unit for good.

Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

3 Common Residential AC Problems And Solutions For Them

by Billie Carlson

No matter what type of AC unit you have, the system will malfunction at some point. That doesn't mean you need to panic. All you need to do is have a plan ever before potential issues arise. Here are three common AC problems and solutions for them. 

Dirty Filter 

The air filter is responsible for collecting dirt and debris. After a while, though, this filter will get too dirty to work efficiently. You need to do something about this before too long, as it could cause serious overheating issues and part damage.

If you inspect the filter and it's covered in debris and dust, be sure to find a suitable replacement. Make sure you go with the same size and also invest a little money in this filter. When you do, it will last for quite a while and also improve the energy efficiency of your AC unit.

Refrigerant Leak 

If your AC unit has a hard time bringing cool air to the inside of your home, chances are some of the refrigerant is leaking. Identifying this issue can be pretty complex, which makes it always a good idea to contact an HVAC repair technician.

They'll perform a special dye test, which involves sending a unique dye through your coolant lines. Then, using a black light, the contractor will be able to pinpoint exactly where the refrigerant is coming out. Once this structural issue is identified, they'll apply a suitable, long-term patch. Entire sections of these lines can also be replaced if the leak is severe.

Dirty Condenser Coils 

Like the air filter, the condenser coils are not supposed to get too dirty. When they do, your AC unit has to work a lot harder. This could cause it to not last as long. So that this doesn't happen, you need to get in the habit of checking the condenser coils outside often.

If they're covered in dirt, you need to clean them off quickly. This task will be easy when you invest in a portable air compressor. Spray pressurized air over the coils until all sides are completely clean. If you notice the coils have corroded, you need to have them replaced.

The AC that supplies cool air to your home may not always work great. That's perfectly okay as long as you know what issues to spot early on. You can then address them before serious complications occur and cost you a fortune. 

Reach out to a company such as Go West A/C & Heating to learn more.