One of the most overlooked factors when selecting a unit for your AC installation project is the noise levels of the air conditioner. Check on this level, which is readily available on the unit's specifications sheet. The noise levels should be clearly stated on the specification sheets for both the indoor and outdoor units.
Where Is the Noise Coming From?
Noise will typically come from the outdoor condenser unit and the indoor evaporator. The condenser consists of a compressor that releases most of the sound pressure. Over time, the noise may worsen due to the wearing off of the vibration pads used for mounting the compressor to your unit's metal casing.
Wearing off the motor and other components will have the same effect. Again, any imbalances in the fan, be it worn out fan motor bearings or leaves and other materials blocking the fan blades, can lead to it rotating noisily.
Similarly, so much of the noise in the evaporator comes from the fan. Dirt, dust, and other material may collect on the fan blades over time and block their movement, causing noisy operation. Damaged fan motor bearings can also cause the same problem.
Minimizing Noise Levels Before AC Installation
Some AC units are less noisy than others. Check against the specification sheet of your options to find a quiet air conditioner.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that air conditioners with a higher cooling capacity tend to be noisier. If your AC installation delivers a lower cooling capacity, you can realistically expect it to be quieter.
Minimizing Sound During AC Installation
In addition to the AC installation itself, you can talk to the HVAC experts about putting in place a few measures to reduce noise. Installing a sound blanket around the condenser unit is always highly effective. The blanket will deliver excellent sound-canceling without compromising your unit's performance.
Choosing a good location for the AC installation will also help reduce noise. Keep the outdoor unit further away from your home. For the indoor unit, you want it away from the hallway and other spaces that would otherwise reverberate the sound.
Minimizing Noise After AC Installation
As already highlighted, blockages and wear and tear can cause your air conditioner to operate noisily. Regular maintenance, including cleaning the evaporator coils and vents and replacing the air filters, will ensure your system runs smoothly and quietly.
Noise of any form is always undesirable. Choose the right unit, and with the best practices before and after your AC installation, you won't have to worry about a noisy air conditioner. For more information, reach out to a service such as Mid Atlantic Mechanical and Repair, LLC.