Shhhh! Neighbors are complaining about your air conditioner making noise.
Are you losing sleep because of AC noises? Even worse, are your neighbors losing sleep because of your air conditioner making noise? Excessive noise is a frustratingly common problem among aging air conditioners, and one that becomes increasingly likely once an air conditioner has passed the 10-year mark.
Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to quiet an old air conditioning unit. Excessive noise is often just a side-effect of an aging unit, and commonly starts with the loud ac compressor. A critical part of any air conditioner, the compressor is a mechanical unit that compresses coolant gas within the air conditioning unit as a critical first stage of the cooling cycle. Short of replacing the compressor – which, while possible, may be prohibitively expense for an older air conditioning unit – little can be done to eliminate the cause of the noise if the compressor is the culprit.
A noisy air conditioner may also be caused by dirty fan blades. A buildup of dirt and debris on the blades can cause them to become unbalance, which can cause a great deal of noise. In addition to causing excessive noise, dirty air
For this reason, a good place to start in trying to quieten your air conditioner is to give it a thorough cleaning. If you are not up to the task, your friends at TemperaturePro in Northeastern Atlanta will be happy to take care of it for you. In addition to air condition repairs and installation TemperaturePro also offers annual cleaning, inspection and maintenance plans that can help keep your air conditioner clean and at the peak of performance. conditioners are also less efficient air conditioners, meaning they use more energy than necessary and struggle to maintain proper cooling levels.
Keep in mind that while cleaning will almost certainly lower the noise level, it may very well not eliminate it altogether. This is especially true for older units. If eliminating the noise is not possible, your next best step is noise containment so that you no longer lose sleep over your noisy air conditioner.
Here are a four ways you can contain or lessen the impact of an air conditioner making noise:
1. Install an acoustic barrier blanket
You can install a special sound-dampening blanket on the inside of the air conditioning unit to muffle and contain the noise. The blanket should be carefully installed around the compressor, taking care not to block or come in contact with moving parts, such as the fan. An acoustic barrier blanket can reduce air conditioner noise by as much as 50 percent. As an added bonus, the blanket will act as insulator. This will help the compressor maintain lower, more consistent temperatures, which can greatly increase the lifespan of the compressor and increase the unit’s energy efficiency.
2. Fence it in
Enclosing the unit in a sound-dampening fence – keeping in mind to allow at least three clear feet in all directions around the unit for proper ventilation and air flow – can dramatically reduce noise levels while also making the unit more visually appealing. There are a number of fencing materials available that are especially designed to dampen and contain noise, or you can try a simple wooden fence with overlapping boards to reflect and dampen the noise.
3. Install an acoustic enclosure or barrier
There a number of commercially available products specifically designed to enclose an air conditioning unit and contain the noise. One such product is Quite Fence. Quite Fence is a free-standing ready-made enclosure made of panels of special acoustic dampening materials – much like that used in recording studios – that fit around an air conditioning unit. Similar products are available from a number of other manufacturers.
4. Install acoustic panels
If your unit is near a hard surface, such a concrete wall, a nearby building or home, or a fence, the noise will seem much louder due to reflecting off the nearby surface. One way to control this is to install special acoustic panels to those surfaces. These panels act as buffers disrupting the reflected sound and absorbing much of it. The majority of these panels, such as those offered by Mayfair, can be easily cut and mounted by anyone with basic carpentry or handyman skills. These panels are 1-2″ thick, and are sold in 2′ x 4′ panels that can be easily cut or combined to fit any application.
If you can’t stand the noise anymore, then you should give us a call at 770-988-4822 or schedule an appointment online. Our expert repair technicians have the tools and resources to handle live electrical circuits, harmful chemicals, dangerous heights, extreme heat and replacement fan blades for air conditioners. Let us protect you from injury by handling the heat and dangers associated with AC repair. We look forward to providing you with the highest quality repair services at an affordable rate!