Air conditioners are sophisticated systems that rely on various components, such as a compressor, evaporator coil, condenser coil and refrigerant to regulate your home’s temperature and humidity level. While these machines are generally sturdy and reliable, it’s not unheard of for AC units to make strange sounds, which may indicate that something is amiss. One example of a sound is dripping, gurgling, bubbling or running water. These worrying noises can be traced back to several sources.
This is a common air conditioner sound you could hear on hot, humid days and is no reason you should be alarmed. Simple condensation buildup is most likely the cause of the sound. As your air conditioner functions, moisture from the inside air collects on the evaporator coil and drips into the drain pan underneath. This pan is designed to collect and funnel the condensed water away from your home via a drain line.
Although, if the drain becomes clogged or damaged, water can accumulate in the pan, leading to a dripping or splashing noise as freshly collected condensate drips into the pool down below. If the dripping noise becomes too irritating, find the drain pan under the indoor portion of your air conditioner and clear it.
Also, take AC dripping sounds as a indication that the condensate drain line is blocked and should be cleared. A float switch ought to automatically shut off your conditioner before the drain pan overflows and produces water damage, but the float switch could always break. Plus, if your AC keeps turning itself off because of a full drain pan, you’ll have to solve the drain pan issue before your unit will function normally again.
While air conditioners produce condensate as a part of the cooling process, they do not run on or use water. This simply means your AC should never sound like running water. If you hear this water noise, it might mean the evaporator coil has frozen over and is now thawing and dripping water onto the ground.
This can develop for a few reasons, including:
Refrigerant is a vital component of the cooling process. If a leak has developed or air has become caught in the refrigerant line, you may hear gurgling or bubbling as the refrigerant flows. Additionally, your system may gurgle because of overcharged refrigerant. Always leave AC repair work to a professional who can verify the correct refrigerant charge.
A hissing noise from your air conditioner could signify one of these issues:
If you hear a sound similar to running water from your air conditioner, take steps to identify and address the cause to avoid more damage. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can diagnose and repair any malfunction causing your AC to sound like running water, whether that’s condensation buildup, a refrigerant leak, a clogged drain line or a frozen evaporator coil. Every AC repair comes with a one-year 100% satisfaction guarantee! To learn more or set up a repair estimate, please contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
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