Why Is My Air Conditioner Making A Clicking Noise?

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Click… click… click… There goes that sound again! If you’ve just about had it because you can’t stand the sounds your air conditioning system is making, pay close attention. Sure, they’re going to make some noise — even the systems that boast “quiet comfort” will hum or buzz a bit while they’re running, and that simply means they’re doing their job. But there are certain sounds your cooling system should never make, and clicking happens to be one of them.

Of all the sounds your hvac system makes, clicking may not be the most oppressive, but it can certainly indicate you’ve got a problem on your hands. You shouldn’t associate strange noises with normal operation and you definitely shouldn’t neglect these types of sounds altogether or you could find yourself in a world of trouble. So, why might your air conditioning system be making a clicking noise?

Fan Problems

One of the first places to check as a potential source of the clicking noise is the fan. If you notice the noise starts off slow as soon as the system kicks on and then gradually gets faster, it could be a result of an obstruction to the fan or a bent fan blade.

If there is an obstruction, like a stick or other form of debris, it may simply need to be removed so that the fan can spin freely. But if it’s a bent fan blade or other, worse problem, you may need to call in the experts to avoid making the issue even more troublesome.

Control Board Issues

Another common culprit of air conditioning system clicking noises comes at the control board. It could be an electrical problem and these types of problems are always best left to the pros. After all, dealing with wires or other electrical components poses a high risk of danger if you’re not extremely familiar with the components.

Miscellaneous Malfunctions

If the clicking isn’t coming from either of the areas mentioned above, it could be due to a variety of other issues. Clicking is common with bolts or screws that have come loose over time, refrigerant tubing that is knocking around as the system vibrates just to name a few other possible scenarios.

In any case, it’s best to call in a licensed expert to diagnose the root cause of the problem and to get things fixed fast. That’s where we come in!

Call American Mechanical today at (757) 347-8549 or fill out a form online to schedule an appointment at your convenience with our Virginia Beach air conditioning specialists.