Do you ever find yourself wondering, “Why is my Air Conditioner so loud?”
Here are a few answers so you can troubleshoot, before giving Action Air a call!
Even the best central air conditioner can have problems on occasion. Air conditioners are supposed to make some noise, but there is a distinct difference between a properly running air conditioner unit and one that is having some difficulty. The age of an AC Unit can also determine how loud it might be. There have been significant improvements over the years; just because it’s loud, it doesn’t mean it’s dying. Here are a few common sounds to listen for and some ideas about what could be wrong:
Rattling ‑ If you hear a rattling noise coming from an exterior AC unit, it could be because something fell into the vents, such as leaves, sticks, or other outdoor debris. A rattle could also indicate something as simple as loose bolts, screws, or fasteners. However, the sound could also be coming from the compressor. As the motor in the compressor begins to age, it may get louder and begin to make noises, which would be the first sign of a problem.
Grinding ‑If you hear a grinding noise, it is most likely one of the fan motors. The noise usually signals that something might be going wrong with the fan motors, such as a worn bearing. This is a problem that may warrant a service call to Action Air Conditioning.
Popping ‑Sometimes, you might hear popping noises in your ductwork, especially when the air cuts on and off. This is actually an issue with your ductwork rather than the central air conditioning unit. As ductwork ages, it may also require maintenance. This will help to ensure that nothing is faulty or damaged. Proper care of your ducts means that your AC unit can continue to effectively and efficiently cool your home.
Hissing‑A hissing or whistling noise could also be due to a problem with ductwork. However, a hissing noise coming from the AC unit itself is often indicative of a refrigerant leak, which should only be handled by an HVAC professional.
Remember, if you have any questions at all regarding noises coming from your AC Unit, you can contact Action Air Conditioning in Clarksville, TN 24/7! We are happy to help diagnose and fix any air conditioning problems.
People in Middle Tennessee have heard this phrase hundreds of times:
“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!”
There is a lot of truth to that phrase and low humidity is just as important inside your house as it is outside! The main way our bodies cool us down is through evaporation of moisture from our skin. If the humidity is too high, even with your AC unit blasting, you may not be able to get cool enough. So, what should indoor humidity be? The ideal humidity level inside your house is between 30% and 50%. Any higher than that and you’ll be sweating! Don’t worry though, there are some things you can do to help reduce humidity inside your home.
Exhaust Fans – Most homes come with exhaust fans already installed. Bathroom exhaust fans and vent fans for your stove can be key in keeping a low humidity level in your house. These products are designed to remove the excess humidity that is created by showering, boiling water, and other activities that will create excess moisture in the air. If your home isn’t equipped with these fans, installing them will help to seriously reduce your indoor humidity levels.
Air Flow – Increasing the airflow within your home will help promote the evaporation of any moisture. This is especially helpful for rooms that feel a little more stuffy than the rest of the house. There is a reason you see so many ceiling fans all over the south! The increased circulation of air will do wonders for reducing humidity and evenly distributing the cooler air from your air conditioner.
Seal Leaks – Leaking seals around your windows and doors can make your home more humid! Just as in winter when you can feel a cool breeze through a poorly sealed window, heat and humidity can come inside during the summer. Take a little time and insure the proper seal around your doors and windows. Most seals can be easily repaired or replaced with DIY products from a hardware store. It’s also important to check around any vents or exhausts like dryer vents.
Dehumidifier – When humidity becomes a serious problem, a dehumidifier can be the answer. The dehumidifier will remove excess humidity from the air in your home and will usually store the moisture in some kind of container. These containers will have to be emptied on occasion, and you will be able to see how much water they remove from the atmosphere. When the humidity is higher, it will have to be emptied more frequently. Water from a dehumidifier is perfect to use for watering your houseplants!
HVAC Service and Maintenance – Your air conditioner doesn’t just cool your home, it also removes moisture from the air. Leaks in your HVAC ductwork or an AC unit will not only allow the humidity to creep higher in your home, it will also cost you more to cool your house. That’s why it’s a good idea to have Action Air Conditioning in Clarksville, TN do an inspection of your HVAC twice a year.
When humidity seeps into your home, it can make rooms feel stuffy and even smell musty. Beyond these superficial discomforts, too much humidity can result in serious consequences. An overly humid home can lose its structural integrity, attract pests like silverfish and centipedes, and even make you sick. So make sure you consult with Action Air for the best air conditioning installation, service, and repair. If you have any questions or need more help please contact Action Air by calling (931) 647-8525, or visiting our wesite https://actionairclarksville.com/When you need action, call Action Air!
Posted on: March 30th, 2015 by tcg_admin 3 Comments
Steps for Changing Your HVAC Filter
All it takes are a few easy steps, but make sure you read the instructions for your unit first to help you understand how to change the filter.
It’s spring time in Clarksville, TN! Did you know changing the filter in your HVAC unit is one of the easiest steps you can take to ensure the long life of your system and improve its function? It will also help to save you some money! Your HVAC filter helps keep debris, dust, and pollutants out of your system and help it run more efficiently in the cold, as well as the heat. Action Air recommends changing it every 3 months for most systems, but some systems may need changed every month. Check your users manual to see what is best for your system.
Get a new filter – First you need to know what size it is. You can check the side of your current filter for the dimensions. Once you know the size you should be able to find a filter at any hardware store and even some department stores.
Turn it off – It is essential that you turn off your HVAC unit before you change the filter. This will protect you and your HVAC unit. If you can’t figure out how to turn it off, it’s as simple as turning off the breaker.
Take it out – Locate your old filter and gently take it out of the location. These are generally on the right side of the unit. Be careful, because it will probably be covered in dust and debris that it is has been cleaning from your air.
Slide it in – Carefully slide the new filter into the spot where the old filter lived. The arrows on the filter will indicate which side should be facing out and which side should face into the unit.
Need help ? Call Action Air Conditioning Service Inc.!
Very rarely will there be a filter inside your ductwork, but if there is you can call Action Air and one of our service professionals can come and change the filter for you. If you are ever unsure about how to change a filter, or are afraid you may have replaced something incorrectly, call our local Clarksville office at (931) 647-8525. In need of a regular maintenance plan? Let Action Air take care of you. Click here for more information.
Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by tcg_admin No Comments
Can you feel it… coming in the air tonight? Hold on! Because these 4 easy ways to prepare your HVAC for cold weather will keep you warm while lowering your heating bill!
Change the filter. A dirty filter can make your furnace work harder and can waste money on electricity.
Have your furnace serviced. Action Air in Clarksville, TN provides a low-cost annual maintenance program that you can take advantage of. Having your furnace serviced will make sure your system is working at optimal level and that all parts are in good working order.
Install a programmable thermostat. This is one of the best ways to keep your house comfortable and save you money at the same time. Programmable thermostats allow you to turn the heat down lower when you are sleeping or at work, and have your home warm and toasty when you get up or return from work. Action Air can install a programmable thermostat ranging from simple to advanced. Some thermostats can even learn your patterns and can be accessed from your smartphone.
Seal up leaks. Take a look at all doors and windows and inspect for worn weather stripping or cracks.
Let Action Air of Clarksville, TN keep your home and family warm and cozy this winter season, while helping you save big on heating costs! Call us today to schedule your annual maintenance appointment!