Shhhh! Neighbors are complaining about your air conditioner making noise.

Are you losing sleep because AC noises? Even worse, are your neighbors losing sleep because of that noise? This is a frustratingly common issue among AC units that have aged passes 10 years, and it becomes more common the older a system gets.

Excessive noise is often just a side-effect of an aging unit, once it’s starting to make noises there’s not much that can be done. Issues commonly starts with the loud ac compressor. A critical part of any air conditioner, the compressor is a mechanical unit that compresses coolant gas within the air conditioning unit as a critical first stage of the cooling cycle. While replacing the old compressor might solve the problem, the replacement cost is unecessarily expensive and in some case isn’t even a viable option.

If the compressor isn’t the proble,  the noise in your air conditioner may also be caused by dirty fan blades. A buildup of dirt and debris on the blades can cause them to become unbalanced, which can cause lots of noise, not to mention this dirt can also negatively impact your indoor air quality.

For this reason, a good place to start in trying to quieten your air conditioner is to give it a thorough cleaning. If you are not up to the task, your friends at Zen Air will be happy to take care of it for you. In addition to air condition repairs and installation Zen Air also offers annual cleaning, inspection and maintenance plans that can help keep your air conditioner clean and at the peak of performance. conditioners are also less efficient air conditioners, meaning they use more energy than necessary and struggle to maintain proper cooling levels.

Keep in mind that while cleaning will almost certainly lower the noise level, it may very well not eliminate it altogether. This is especially true for older units. If eliminating the noise is not possible, your next best step is noise containment so that you no longer lose sleep over your noisy air conditioner.

Here are a four ways you can contain or lessen the impact of an air conditioner making noise:

1. Install an acoustic barrier blanket

You can install a special sound-dampening blanket inside of the air conditioning unit to muffle and contain the noise. Make sure to carfully install the blanket around the compressor, taking extra care not to block anything or come in contact with any moving parts. An acoustic barrier blanket can reduce air conditioner noise by as much as 50 percent. As an added bonus, the blanket will act as insulator. This will help the compressor maintain lower, more consistent temperatures, which can greatly increase the lifespan of the compressor and increase the unit’s energy efficiency.

2. Fence the AC in

Enclosing the unit in a sound-dampening fence can dramatically reduce noise levels while also making the unit more visually appealing. While doing this, however, it’s important to keep in mind to allow at least three clear feet in all directions around the unit for proper ventilation and air flow. There are a number of fencing materials available that are especially designed to contain noise, or you can try a simple wooden fence with overlapping boards to reflect and dampen the noise.

3. Install an acoustic enclosure or barrier

There a number of commercially available products specifically designed to enclose an air conditioning unit and contain the noise. One such product is Quite Fence. Quite Fence is made up of acoustic dampening materials, similar to the kind used in recording studios. This free-standing enclosure is ready-made and fits around an air conditioning unit. Similar products are available from a number of other manufacturers.

4. Install acoustic panels

If your unit is near a hard surface, such a concrete wall, a nearby building or home, or a fence, the noise will seem much louder due to reflecting off the nearby surface. One way to control this is to install special acoustic panels to those surfaces. If done correctly, these acoustic panels can act as a noise buffer, while also absorbing some of the sound. The majority of these panels, such as those offered by Mayfair, can be easily cut and mounted by anyone with basic carpentry or handyman skills. These panels are 1-2″ thick, and are sold in 2′ x 4′ panels that can be easily cut or combined to fit any application.

If you can’t stand the noise anymore, then you should give us a call at 770-988-4822 or schedule an appointment online. Our expert repair technicians have the tools and resources to handle live electrical circuits, harmful chemicals, dangerous heights, extreme heat and replacement fan blades for air conditioners. Let us protect you from injury by handling the heat and dangers associated with AC repair. We look forward to providing you with the highest quality repair services at an affordable rate!