Someday, probably a lot sooner than we think, we’ll likely have air conditioners that can self-diagnose malfunctions and report back to the homeowner what exactly is wrong, in detail. It’s not too crazy of an idea, right?
In the meantime, though, before this turns into a reality, we have to rely on other methods for our AC systems to show us warning signs that something is amiss. Perhaps it’s a drop in cooling power or an unexplained spike in your energy bills. Or, it may be that your circuit breakers for the indoor and outdoor units are constantly tripping.
One of the most common signs that something bad is happening with your cooling system is the presence of strange noises. But, what qualifies as a strange noise? Honestly, anything outside the normal hum of the fans and the compressor, plus the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down, and the temperature fluctuations cause your ductwork to expand and contract. So, what AC sounds mean trouble? Here are 6!