5 Ways To Keep Your Central AC Quiet(er)
Summer is coming to an end and for many people, that means the start of school or work. It also means the return of central air conditioning. While most people love the comfort that central AC brings, too often it’s accompanied by a lot of noise. If you’re looking for ways to keep your central AC quieter, keep reading!
Check For Blockages.
If your AC unit starts making strange noises, the first thing you should do is check for blockages. This can be anything from a dirty air filter to a clogged drain line. If you suspect there’s a blockage somewhere in your unit, it’s best to have a professional take a look so they can clear it out and get your AC running smoothly again. Of course, if the problem is just a dirty air filter, you can probably take care of that yourself. Just be sure to turn off your AC unit before you do anything and make sure you know what you’re doing before you start fiddling around with things. Otherwise, you could end up making the problem worse.
Lubricate Moving Parts.
If you’ve ever had a squeaky door or a creaky floorboard, you know that lubrication can be the key to silence. The same is true for your AC unit. Over time, the moving parts in your unit can become dry and start to make noise when they move. You can help prevent this by regularly lubricating all of the moving parts in your unit. A few drops of oil will help to keep things running smoothly and quietly. So if your AC unit has been making some noise, reach for the lubricant and give it a little love.
Check For Loose Parts.
Another common cause of noisy AC units is loose parts. If any of the screws or bolts holding your unit together have come loose, it can cause all sorts of rattling and banging. Again, it’s best to call in a professional to take care of this problem since they’ll know how to properly tighten everything up without damaging your unit. But if you’re feeling handy, you can probably take care of it yourself. Just be sure to turn off your AC unit before you start tinkering and, as always, proceed with caution.
Keep It Clean.
A build-up of dirt and debris can also make your AC unit noisy. So, it’s important to keep your unit clean both inside and out. The best way to do this is to have a professional come and do a deep cleaning of your unit once a year. But you can also help by making sure the area around your unit is clear of debris and that the vents on your unit are free of dust and dirt. In other words, keep it clean! A clean AC unit will not only function more efficiently, but it will also be much quieter. So, if you want to keep your cool without all the noise, make sure to give your AC unit a good cleaning regularly.
Make Sure It’s The Right Size.
If your AC unit is too small, it will have to work overtime to cool your home and that can lead to all sorts of issues, including noise. The best way to avoid this problem is to have a professional come and do a load calculation of your home before you purchase a new AC unit. This will ensure that you get the right size unit for your home so it can run smoothly and quietly. If you purchase an AC unit that’s too large for your home, on the other hand, you’ll end up spending more money on energy bills because the unit will cycle on and off more frequently. So, getting the right size is essential not only for quiet operation but also for efficient operation.
As the temperatures outside continue to rise, so too will your energy bill if you’re running your AC all day long. Here are five ways to help keep your central AC quieter and hopefully save you a little bit of money in the process. If you have any questions about how to quiet down your AC or would like us to come to take a look at it for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can help diagnose the problem and provide a solution that works best for your home and budget.
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