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Is Your Air Conditioner Normal?


This may seem like a silly or simple question to ask one of our customers but it’s really a very good question. Your heating and cooling system, which includes your duct system, is one of the most critical components or items in your home. And the air conditioner (condensing unit or heat pump) is the most important component of the HVAC system.

What Does A Normal Air Conditioner Look like?

We need to look at both the inside and the outside of the unit. The outside is more about protecting the inside of the unit from the elements, especially hail, as well as kids with toys, pets, lawn mowing equipment and the sun.


A banging noise usually means there’s some part that’s loose or broken within the interior of the air conditioner. As it bounces around, it will bang against other components, causing even more damage the longer it goes without being fixed.


As we mentioned earlier, a clicking sound when the system turns on or off should be normal to hear. However, if you’re constantly hearing that clicking noise, then you might be dealing with some sort of electrical issue. Your thermostat could be clicking from calibration errors or a frayed wire, or the panel to your system could be failing. Electrical issues are no joke, and require the work of professionals with proper training in order to be addressed properly.


Similarly to when your car starts to squeal, squealing noises can be a signal that there’s a blower wheel or a blower motor that’s gone bad, which normally isn’t too bad of a fix to have performed. However, much like all other noises you could hear in your AC, if the problem is left to persist, it could turn into a much worse and much more expensive issue.


A humming sound signals that there’s vibration in your air conditioner, which, if it has been maintained and kept in good condition, there shouldn’t be any of. Loose parts or your refrigerant line can begin vibrating against the interior of your system if it’s not maintained properly, or the humming could be a signal that there’s an electrical issue. Either way, this is something to be addressed.

It’s AC Cooling Time in Amarillo.

Call Gary’s to get your AC unit up and running safely and efficiently.