Strange sounds coming from any appliance in your home can be alarming. When odd noises are coming from your air conditioner, your cooling system is likely experiencing some problems. Knowing what may be causing the screeching, rattling, or other unusual sounds from your AC can help you troubleshoot the problem—or know when it’s time to call for repair service.
Here’s a look at some of the most common noises ACs make, what they mean, and when to call an HVAC contractor for repair service.
6 Unusual Air Conditioner Noises & What They Mean
1. Grinding Noises
Grinding noises that sound like metal rubbing against metal typically indicate that:
A component is loose, damaged, or worn out.
At least one part needs to be replaced.
Since it’s difficult to know which part—or parts—may be causing the grinding noises, it’s best to contact an AC expert to inspect your system and making the proper repairs.
If you ignore this problem and let the loose or damaged components continue grinding as you run your air conditioner, they can damage surrounding parts. And that can increase the risk of system failures. It may even result in the need for early AC replacement.
2. Squeaking or Squealing
High-pitched squealing noises are most commonly associated with a belt in the fan assembly that’s past its prime. Less often, squeaking or squealing can be a red flag of problems with the fan bearings.
While these issues should be repaired promptly, they’re not an emergency. In other words, you won’t have to shut off your system or schedule emergency AC repair if your system starts squeaking or squealing.
3. Gurgling or Hissing Noises
Hissing or bubbling noises usually mean a problem with the refrigerant lines in your home’s AC system. Commonly, this will be a refrigerant leak that must be taken care of by a professional as soon as possible. That’s because refrigerant leaks often lead to AC system freezing or frost formation on the evaporator coils. And these issues can trigger complete system failures.
4. High-Pitched Screaming
Unlike a squeak or squeal, a loud screaming noise tends to indicate a more serious problem. This sound most commonly comes from the outdoor unit, which houses the condenser and the AC compressor.
Often, the screaming noise is due to excessive pressure building in the compressor unit. This is potentially very dangerous and should be repaired ASAP. If you notice this noise, shut your AC off and immediately make a call for emergency air conditioner repair service.
5. Repetitive Tapping
Fast-paced tapping or clicking noises from the outdoor AC unit usually mean debris has been caught in the fan. Sticks, leaves, bits of paper, and other debris can produce this noise. This isn’t an emergency, but you’ll need an expert’s help to take apart the unit, locate all of the debris, and remove it.
6. Electrical Clicking
Clicking noises, especially when heard indoors as your system cycles on or off, are usually related to serious electrical problems with components like:
An electrical connection
The AC wiring
Turn off your AC system and call for repair service whenever you hear this type of clicking.
Avoid AC Noises with Seasonal Air Conditioner Maintenance
Many AC noises and problems can be avoided entirely with regular system maintenance. These AC tune-ups include:
Compressor and condenser checks
Electrical connection checks
Air filter changes
Fan assembly calibrations
And much more
In other words, an annual AC tune-up offers your system all it needs to stay quiet, efficient, and fully functional.
Whether you need AC repairs to stop the noises coming from your system and fix the underlying issues causing them—or you’re ready to schedule AC maintenance service, Short Pump Heating & Air has you covered!
Call (804) 364-9040 or contact us online now to schedule service anywhere in the Short Pump or Richmond, VA, area!
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When considering which company to go with for your HVAC repair or installation, you will come across differences in billing. Some companies charge a flat-rate for service, and others charge hourly rates, based on their time on the job and the materials used.
There are some key differences that you should understand about these pricing models before you make a decision that you might regret. Read on to see how flat-rate pricing stacks up against hourly.
What is the Difference Between Flat-Rate and Hourly Pricing for HVAC Service?
Flat-rate pricing is just that: the customer is given a price up front that includes parts, labor, and sales tax, as well as any other materials needed to get the job finished.
On the other hand, hourly pricing usually involves an hourly rate plus parts and material costs. With this model, the customer is not told upfront how much the work will cost. They are agreeing to pay based on the length of time the job takes.
Taken at face value, it’s easy to see why some customers might want to see an hourly estimate, so they understand where their money is going and what to expect in terms of cost. But let’s dig a little deeper…
A Closer Look at Fixed-Rate Pricing for HVAC Services
On the consumer end, a fixed-rate price performs one glorious function: it takes away any speculation about the final price tag, and lets the customer relax and know exactly what to expect.
On the provider end, it gives an incentive to work efficiently and get the repair finished in a timely manner. In terms of human psychology, it takes care of one of the most fundamental human desires: we all want to know what to expect. When expectations match the outcomes, everyone is satisfied.
A Closer Look at Hourly Pricing for HVAC Services
In contrast to fixed-rate pricing, hourly pricing does the exact opposite: it creates uncertainty about how much the final price tag will be and can lead to unreasonable expectations.
For the provider, billing by the hour can actually provide an incentive to take longer on a job or send a slower technician. After all, the more hours on the job, the higher the billing costs will be.
As anyone who has ever had an HVAC system installed or repaired can agree, the less time the job takes, the better. The interruption to the flow of day-to-day life is already a hassle, but add in the stress of not knowing how much a job is going to cost, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for disaster. Unrealistic expectations can lead to a lot of frustration when the clock is ticking and the price tag is climbing with every extra hour.
With hourly pricing, a customer could end up paying a different price for the exact same job, depending on the skills and experience of the service technician. We do not think this is fair for the customer or for the HVAC company.
Another aspect of flat-rate versus hourly is customer protection. Sometimes unforeseen issues arise during a job. What was quoted as a 4-hour job can suddenly stretch into a 6-hour job when unexpected issues occur. That’s a 50% increase. When you’ve budgeted for the originally estimated hours/hourly rate, the financial hit can hurt. With a flat-rate pricing structure, that isn’t an issue. The HVAC company will take the loss and will be working hard to get the job done as efficiently as possible.
Flat-Rate Pricing for HVAC Service is Best for You and the HVAC Contractor
At Short Pump Heating & Air, we believe that flat-rate pricing is the most transparent and fair pricing structure for everyone involved, both the customer and the HVAC contractor. When your air conditioner or heat goes out, it usually happens when you least expect it and when you need it most. The last thing you should be worried about is mysterious pricing leaving you in the dark, especially when you’re already sweating or shivering!
For fair and efficient service with no surprises, you can expect satisfaction with flat-rate pricing over hourly pricing.
Short Pump Heating & Air is able to provide flat rate pricing on 99% of our service, repair, and installation work. Give us a call at (804) 364-9040 or contact us online if you have any HVAC service needs or system questions. We would love the opportunity to become your heating and air conditioning provider!
We look forward to hearing from you, and we invite you to check out our great reviews to see why we are the top choice for HVAC service in and around Richmond, VA!
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A common question we are always asked is “How much does a new heat pump cost?” This article is referring to the cost of both a new heat pump and air handler. This is considered a “complete system”. Typically when an older heat pump needs replacing, the heat pump and air handler both need to be replaced at the same time.
The cost of a new heat pump depends on several factors. We have included a summary of three of the main cost factors…
The first factor to consider is the size (also known as capacity or BTU) of the required heat pump system. The sizing is referred to as “tonnage”. Sizing of a residential heat pump system ranges from 1.5 ton to 5 ton. The larger the space needed to be heated and cooled, the larger the heat pump that is required. The larger the tonnage, the higher the cost.
The second factor that has a major impact on price is the SEER and HSPF ratings. The SEER and HSPF rating are the cooling and heating efficiency of the heat pump system. It is the cost to operate which would be reflected on the electric bill. The SEER of today’s new heat pumps range from 14 SEER to 20+SEER. The higher the SEER and HSPF, the lower the cost to operate the heat pump. Also, the higher the SEER and HSPF, the higher the upfront cost of the system.
The third factor is the difficulty of the installation. How many duct work modifications are needed to properly install the new heat pump into the existing duct system? How much space is there to work? Is the air handler in an attic or crawlspace? What additional installation materials are needed/required?
The lower end of the heat pump installation cost would be a 14 SEER, 1.5 ton heat pump. This cost is typically between $4,500-$5,500 installed.
The higher end of heat pump installations would be a 20 SEER,5 ton heat pump. This type of system would be over $10,000.
All other sizes and models should fall in between these prices.
Short Pump Heating and Air is a leader in the Richmond, VA area for new heat pumps and all HVAC system installations. Give us a call if you have any questions regarding your HVAC systems. We would be happy to schedule a free estimate to get you exact pricing and options on a new HVAC system installation.
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