In most cases, when something goes wrong with your air conditioner, you will need the services of a licensed HVAC contractor. However, when troubleshooting simple repairs on a noisy air conditioner, you can usually do a home repair. At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area, we recommend that you try one of the following solutions to help get your HVAC unit working efficiently.
When working on or near your air conditioning unit, always be sure that all power to the system is switched off, that circuit breakers are turned off, and that you have pulled out the outside fuse block.
Solution #1: Build a Fence Around the Air Conditioner
When troubleshooting simple repairs, consider building a fence around your unit. You should use overlapping boards for the best soundproofing. Additionally you will need to leave three feet of space around the air conditioner for optimal airflow. In order to determine if this solution will work for you, temporarily set up plywood boards around the air conditioning unit.
Solution #2: Use a Sound Blanket
If your HVAC system is fairly new but still noisy, the noise is probably coming from the compressor. You can contact the manufacturer of your unit to obtain a sound blanket. You can also find universal sound blankets online.
Solution #3: Replace Your Unit
If neither of the above solutions work for you, and you have an older unit, it is best to simply replace your system. Although this is the most expensive solution, newer units are much more efficient, and the money saved over time in energy costs will likely pay for the initial investment.
In most cases, troubleshooting simple repairs can be done as a do-it-yourself project, provided that your unit is relatively new. If these solutions do not work for you, or if you need maintenance or a new system installed, contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area. We serve the entire Bay area.