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Why Your AC System Is Squealing and How to Fix It

Atlanta Heating & Air Solutions Mabelton
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Have you noticed a squealing noise when running your air conditioning system? Whether single speed or variable speed, it’s normal for an air conditioning system to produce some noise. Air conditioning systems consist of many mechanical parts, which produce noise during operation. A squealing noise, however, is typically a sign of an underlying problem. Why is your air conditioning system squealing exactly, and how do you fix it?

The Fan Belt

The most common reason air conditioning systems squeal when running is a worn or misaligned belt. It’s not uncommon for condensers to feature a belt. In some air conditioning systems – particularly older models – a belt is used to connect the condenser fan to the motor. As the motor spins, the belt will turn the condenser fan so that air flows over the condenser coil.

Belts, of course, can become worn or misaligned. Even if it’s still intact, a worn or misaligned belt can cause a squealing noise. It will essentially be loose. This loose connection between the condenser fan and the motor can result in a high-pitched squealing noise.

How to Fix It

Assuming the squealing noise is caused by a worn or misaligned belt, you can fix it by replacing the belt. Consisting of a looped piece of solid elastic material, belts are inexpensive. You won’t have to replace your entire air conditioning system; you just need to replace the belt.

Replacing the belt, though, requires the services of a heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) professional. Belts are found inside of the compressor unit. Therefore, you can’t easily access them. By contacting an HVAC professional, you can get the worn or misaligned belt replaced so that your air conditioning system stops squealing.

It’s important to note that not all air conditioning systems use a belt to connect the condenser fan to the motor. Belts are typically used in older models. Newer models, conversely, use bearings to attach the condenser fan to the motor.

Like with belts, bearings can become worn to the point where they no longer offer a strong connection between the condenser fan and the motor. Worn bearings can have a similar effect by causing a squealing noise. Whether it’s a worn belt or worn bearings, though, an HVAC professional can restore your air conditioning system back to working order so that it no longer squeals when running.

Need Help? Contact Us!

For all your heating and cooling needs in Mableton Georgia area, contact Atlanta Heating and Air Solutions. Our highly-skilled and experienced professionals can take on any repair, maintenance, or installation job – no matter how big or small. We offer a wide range of services to meet your every need, and we’re always available to answer any questions you may have.

It’s our goal to not only meet your expectations but to exceed them. If you need assistance with any aspect of your heating and cooling system, don’t hesitate to contact Atlanta Heating and Air Solutions. We’re here to help you in any way we can, and we’ll make sure the job is done right.

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