Introduction : Noisy Aircon
Do you have a noisy aircon? Chances are : your Aircon fan motor might have an issue. Your air conditioners are specifically designed to help create a cool and conducive environment for you to relax in; However, this may not always be the case. Oftentimes, issues such as noisy aircon can serve the exact opposite purpose – making you feel anything but relaxed. This is often explained by the way our air conditioning units function. Over time, air debris gets stuck in parts of the unit. Causing them to malfunction and produce the clanking or buzzing noises that we so vehemently detest.
Though it often just sounds like the bolts and screws are falling apart. It may not be the best idea for you to directly attribute the sound to that. Chances are, the cause of your noisy air con might be due to a fan motor issue in your condenser or indoor unit. But depending on the noises your unit makes, and the source of the noise. There is a multitude of reasons that could be causing this, such as a jammed air con compressor, or a debris-coated fan motor. Before we conduct any Aircon repair for it, we have to diagnose the exact issue.
Before we begin to delve into the causes of a noisy aircon unit, let us first explore the components within a typical air conditioning system.
Possible causes of Aircon Fan motor failure
Components of an Aircon
In Singapore, most of the systems we purchase are split type aircon units. Where the outdoor unit remains outside while the indoor unit cools the office or home itself. Regardless, both types of air conditioners will comprise of a fan or a panel. While the external unit also comprises of a compressor.
Due to the constant movement of the compressor and fan. It will make a certain level of noise within the unit even when it isn’t malfunctioning. This is why manufacturers often include sound proof material within the unit to minimise the level of sound produced. There are fasteners and fencing that are designed to keep the air conditioning unit secure and free of any vibrations that may contribute to further noises.
Why Aircon Fan motor results in noisy aircon?
However, as with any appliance, these fasteners may become loose over time. And the compressor may malfunction. The different types of noises and indicators that a specific unit makes often hints at the different faults occurring within the air conditioning system.
For example, the humming or buzzing sound of a unit indicates the accumulation of dirt in the fans of the air conditioning units. Causing them to operate at different speeds.
Now, before you begin to search up how to make a do-it-yourself (DIY) air con cleaning solution, or scouring applications like carousell for the price of a new or 2nd hand air conditioning unit, we’d like to propose a much cheaper and better solution to help you out with the constant noises that disrupt your trail of thought.
What should you do if you have a noisy aircon?
1. Determine if the noisy aircon is an indoor or outdoor unit
In order to discern whether the noisy aircon is the outdoor or indoor unit. You have to look at its location. If it is indoor e.g. in a room/office, it is an indoor unit. If it is located on the exterior of the building. More often than not on an air con ledge, it is an outdoor unit.
Here are some pictures for your reference:
Indoor air con unit
Outdoor air con unit
2. Find out the model number of your indoor/outdoor unit.
This is usually indicated at the sides of the air conditioning unit, and can be easily verified by googling the model number and cross-referencing it to ensure you got the correct one.
Here is an example of where you can find the model number of your unit.
3. Quickly snap a picture of the model number that is visibly located on your air con unit.
This is such that it serves as a easier point of reference, and enables you to utilise the zoom function on your phone to double-check that the model number which you’re seeing is correct.
4. Record a short snippet of the sound that’s emanating from the unit via voice recording or a video.
We have to hear the sound generated from the noisy aircon to determine if it is really the fan motor. Sometimes it could be resulting from a broken clip. It could even be due to a string stuck in the middle of the aircon fan motor.
5. Send the voice recording/ video snippet, as well as the model number to 96515152.
Our professional air con technicians here will help you to troubleshoot your unit. Providing you with an online verification of what is going on within your unit. If you have purchased your unit from Mitsubishi or Daikin, do check if there are any blinking lights appearing on the indoor unit, and update us on that as well. This ensures that we are able to give you a more accurate diagnosis for what is going on within your air con unit.
How to check if Aircon fan motor or other parts are faulty?
Most air con professionals suggest that you should do a routine check on your air con unit every 6 months.
If you find that your air con is faulty, but is not emitting any noise that will provide you with any information on the source of the issue, check on the error code that is located either on the air con compressor itself, or on the remote control.
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How much do aircon fan motor repairs cost?
Now that you have determined what is going on with your air conditioning unit. Many of us would wonder how much to repair a noisy Aircon unit. Depending on the brand and model of the air conditioning unit, as well as any spare parts that may need to be replaced, the price may vary. Do contact our consultants at Silverback Aircon to get a rough estimate for the price required.
Is it advisable to try and repair noisy aircon yourself?
While being thrifty is a value that should be admired, it is not advisable that you try to repair your own air conditioning unit. Here at Silverback Aircon, we prioritise your safety above all else. Components such as capacitors are dangerous electrical equipment. It should be handled with utmost care, and should be left to our trained technicians to resolve. With years of experience under their belt, we will guarantee your satisfaction. Be it noisy aircon, malfunctioning aircon pcb repair. Call us at 96515152 if you require a check on your unit today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]