We’ve all been there. You flip on the trusty AC unit for a little summertime respite from the heat, and it starts up with that nagging, vibrating squeak. Did that screech just start happening? Has this been going on all summer, and you’ve somehow blocked out the awful noise? Is it getting louder? The last thing you want is to host the family or friends for a barbecue when suddenly the air conditioner kicks on, and there’s that dreadful squeaking. If this sounds familiar, maybe it’s time to finally address the issue.
If your AC unit starts making strange noises, it’s important to identify the source of the noise and take steps to fix the problem. Otherwise, you could end up with a more serious repair bill down the line. At Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling, we’re experts in AC repair and maintenance. We have been serving the Portage, Three Rivers, and Grand Rapids area since 1961, and we know all the ins and outs of AC units, so we’re here to help you troubleshoot the problem.
Assess the Situation
First things first: Take a step back, and assess the situation. A squeaking air conditioning unit could be a result of any number of mechanical issues. Try to remember when the squeaking started. When did you first notice it? If it’s a new development in the AC unit, there’s a good chance that something has come loose and is now rattling around inside the unit.
If you’ve been dealing with a squeaky AC unit all summer, or if the sound is something that has been carried over from last summer, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. There could be a chance that an essential part has jarred loose and is now rubbing against something else, causing that telltale squeaking noise. In this case, it’s best to call in a professional for help. A professional air conditioning service professional will be able to identify the root of the problem and make recommendations for the best course of action to fix the squeaking AC unit.
What Might Be Causing an AC Unit to Squeak?
There are a few different things that could be causing your AC unit to squeak. It could be something as simple as a loose part as mentioned above, or it could be a more serious issue like a damaged compressor. If it is a damaged compressor, then you have a serious issue that should be handled immediately to ensure the air conditioning unit does not fail completely. Here are some of the most common causes of squeaky AC units:
- A loose part
- Damaged compressor
- Dirty coils
- Worn-out bearings
How to Identify the Source of the Squeaking Noise
If you’re not sure what’s causing the squeaking noise, there are a few things you can do to try and identify the source of the problem. Take a look at the AC unit, and see if there are any loose parts that could be rattling around. Next, check the coils, and see if they’re dirty. If anything looks off, or if the squeaking persists, contact a professional to service the unit.
If you can’t identify the source of the squeaking noise, or if the noise is getting louder, it’s time to call in the professionals and have an expert take a look. At Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling, our team of certified technicians has the experience and knowledge to quickly diagnose the problem and get your AC unit up and running again. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Can You Fix the Squeaky AC Unit Yourself?
If the problem is a loose part or dirty coils or if the problem is potentially more serious — like damaged bearings — you’ll need to call in a professional. More often than not, it’s not worth the trouble to try and fix a complicated air conditioning unit with only the help of an internet video. We’ve seen it before — a homeowner starts disassembling the air conditioner unit piece by piece until there is a mess of parts all over the yard. Then, they either can’t figure out how to put the unit back together, or they end up causing more damage in the process.
Instead of taking on a complicated repair job yourself, it’s usually best to just call in a professional. AC repair can be complicated and dangerous, so you should leave it to the experts.
What Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling Can Do to Stop the Noise
Once we identify the source of the squeaking noise, we can take steps to fix it. In many cases, the problem can be resolved with a simple repair or adjustment. In other cases, more extensive repairs or replacements may be necessary. We always work diligently to find the cause of the issue before we begin any repair work. Once we’re satisfied that we know the problem, we’ll work quickly and efficiently to get your AC unit back to running smoothly and quietly.
The Benefits of Hiring a Professional
There are many benefits to hiring a professional heating and cooling company like Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling, including:
- Convenient scheduling
- 24/7 emergency services
- Free estimates for repairs and replacements
- Factory-trained and certified technicians
- High-quality parts and products
Don’t let a squeaky AC unit ruin your summer. Call Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling today, and let us help you enjoy peace and quiet in your home once again.
Other Things to Consider When it Comes to Maintaining Your AC Unit
In addition to addressing the squeaking noise, there are other things you can do to keep your AC unit running smoothly all summer long. Regular maintenance is key to preventing problems and keeping your unit operating efficiently. Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling offers convenient maintenance plans that make it easy to keep up with your AC unit. We’ll come to your home on a regular basis to clean and inspect your unit, making sure it’s ready to keep you cool all summer long.
Schedule Service Now With Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling
Don’t wait until your AC unit breaks down to call us. If you’re experiencing any problems with your unit, or if it’s been a while since your last maintenance check, give us a call today. Founded in 1961, Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling is committed to providing each and every customer the best experience possible when it comes to their heating and air conditioning maintenance and repairs.
If you have a squeaky air conditioning unit or any number of other heating and cooling issues, don’t hesitate to reach out. We can assist with any and all service, installation, repair, and maintenance concerns for all HVAC systems. Whether you have geothermal or radiant heating, ductless mini-splits or zoning systems, we have the knowledge and experience to keep your home comfortable. We even do indoor air quality testing, providing humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air purification options should the need arise.
Whatever your concern, we’ll be happy to come out and take a look, and we’ll work quickly to get your squeaky AC unit back up and running. Call Bel-Aire Heating & Cooling today to schedule service with our trained and experienced technicians.