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AC Riddled With a Dripping Noise? Here’s How to Stop it

Your AC usually blends into the background. You barely notice that it’s on, and that’s the way it should be. But now something new has popped up: this frustrating dripping noise that’s simply driving you mad, and makes you wonder if something bigger is happening with your AC.

So let’s look at how to stop dripping noises from your air conditioner so you can get back to enjoying your peace, and make sure there’s nothing seriously wrong with your air conditioner.

First, Let’s Talk About What That Dripping Noise Is

Before we can really tackle the issue, you should know what it is first. It’s water hitting a surface, but it’s not always clear what surface it is. It could be the inside of the outdoor cabinet, or it could be dripping that echoes and sounds like it’s coming from your ductwork, but isn’t. If you think you hear a dripping noise, make no mistake: liquid is dripping somewhere within your unit, but pinpointing the exact location can be difficult with the way sound moves around.

It May Be the Condensate Drain Line

Your condensate drain line carries water away from your air conditioner cabinet and expels it away from your home. This is the condensation that your AC picks up from the air humidity as it sucks it through the filter and into the unit to be conditioned.

But that line can run into problems. If mold or mildew grow inside the line, it can create a blockage that causes backup. The water comes back into the pan and drips over the side, hitting the inside of your air conditioner instead of going through the line.

Your Evaporator Coils May Be Freezing (Slightly)

If your evaporator coils begin to freeze, it can cause mechanical damage and prevent your AC from working. But if a little bit of ice coats the coils every now and then, especially on hot days where it’s working overtime, it’s normally nothing to worry about. The thing is, as the ice melts, it drips and the panging sound reverberates throughout your air conditioner.

Then the noise travels up to you in one way or another. This could be a signal that you need air conditioning maintenance so technicians can clean your condenser coils and optimize your air conditioner. The great thing is that even if that’s not the problem, your technicians use a maintenance appointment as a point of inspection. They’ll use the opportunity to find anything else that’s wrong with your system and bring it up to you.

Take Care of That Dripping Noise Today

Let us come in and find out what the exact problem is, and make sure it doesn’t become a bigger headache than it’s already been. We’ll thoroughly inspect your air conditioner to cover every base and make sure it’s running better than before by the time we leave. It all starts with a phone call.

Contact us today to schedule your air conditioner repair as soon as possible.

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