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What’s That Sound?

Sep 6, 2021

If you’re up in the middle of the night searching for the cause of a strange noise, then you might find some insight in this blog. Wait for a few minutes after shutting your air conditioner down. If the noise is gone then it’s likely you’ve got a malfunctioning air conditioner.

The good news is that your home is not being invaded by malicious ghosts that wish to do you harm and fling your furniture around. However, the bad news is that you’re going to need air conditioning repair in Rio Rancho, NM. Depending on the noise and the situation you’re in, that could be anything from a small fix to a large repair need that costs a lot of money.

Either way, we’re here to help! Let’s talk about the different types of noises an air conditioner can make and what these sounds signify.


Steer Clear of Problems By Calling Our Team!

Before we go into the different sounds an air conditioner can make, it’s important that we highlight what homeowners can do when they encounter this type of problem. Our team specializes in air conditioner repairs and we can pinpoint any problem that’s causing you concern. All you need to do is call us and describe the problem to us, and we’ll be on our way!


Buzzing noises can be pretty alarming, but when you know what’s actually happening, then it might be a relief. Buzzing sounds refer to something wrong with the electrical components of the system, in the same way that a headphone jack might buzz if something isn’t plugged in right.

If your air conditioner is buzzing, then you likely need repairs on one of the central electrical parts. While this might not be as intense of a repair need as something else, it needs to be fixed quickly. If your air conditioner’s electrical components stop working, it might not turn on properly.

Hissing and Bubbling

Hissing and bubbling sounds are pretty common in this industry. They’re occurrences when your AC is suffering from a refrigerant leak. The hissing relates to gaseous refrigerant escaping from the system and the bubbling is the noise made when oxygen bubbles start to form. Basically, if you hear either of these noises, then you need to call for repairs.

Refrigerant leaks can be patched and repaired, but only by professionals. We also need to recharge the refrigerant in your system so it works as intended. This should be done quickly, so that your system doesn’t waste energy or overheat the next time you turn it on.

Rattling and Clanging

A rattling noise can signify that a small part, like a bolt or screw, has gotten loose and is banging against other internal components of your system. While this might not seem like a big deal, it can quickly turn into one if it strikes a component that’s more sensitive.

Also, rattling can turn into clanging when a larger component gets loose. This problem can compound quickly, so it’s a good idea to get it taken care of ASAP.

Call First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc for comprehensive AC care. Quality work, exuberant service.

Categories: Air Conditioning