Is your air-conditioning system making an awkward clicking noise? If so, you likely find the sound annoying. You may also be worried about whether or not the clicking noise is related to a serious problem. Perhaps the noise is accompanied by another troubling sign, such as your air-conditioning unit not turning on. The following are common reasons that you may be experiencing this air-conditioning phenomenon.
Condensing Unit Issue
The condensing unit is the part of your air-conditioning system that is located outdoors. There are a few reasons why you may experience clicking noises from this area. Loose parts are a common culprit. This occurs naturally over time as you use your AC. It is also possible that there is debris that has fallen over in the unit. Examples of debris that could result in strange noises are sticks, rocks, twigs, and dirt. It is even possible for small rodents to get trapped in these units if they are attempting to find shelter. Turn your AC off before inspecting your outdoor unit.You can tighten loose parts if you know how. You can also remove obstructions that are causing the clicking. If you are not mechanically inclined, contact a professional such as R & B Inc Heating & Air Conditioning. You can also inquire with a professional about the benefits of getting a cover for your unit to keep foreign objects out of it in the future.
A wiring issue will likely not be something that you have the skills to fix or can legally fix, but it is a good idea to know how the issue would present itself. Wiring issues may appear as incessant clicking, and your AC may not turn on due to safety features in your system. You may also have a wiring issue if you have had issues in the past that resulted in your breaker tripping when you were operating the AC. The breaker issue may have been a precursor to what you are experiencing now.
An HVAC contractor is a good resource to use to determine the nature of the clicking noise if your troubleshooting does not work. If it has been over a year since you had your system maintained, it is a good idea to request air-conditioning service even if you can get the unit to stop clicking. This is because annual servicing will ensure that your HVAC system is less prone to mechanical failures and is more prone to stay clean and work efficiently.