Why Is My AC Unit Hissing and Bubbling?
Picture the relentless summer sun beating down on your house while the humidity hangs in the air and the temperature outside continues to skyrocket. That’s when you hear it: a bubbling or hissing sound coming from your air conditioner. It’s every Floridian’s worst nightmare. With a sinking feeling, you realize that your central AC unit has not been keeping your home as cool as it did in the past. Now what?
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The Reason Behind the Hissing and Bubbling
In most cases, a hissing or bubbling sound is caused by a refrigerant leak. In fact, a hissing noise is usually a red flag that the leak is significant. Procrastination is not an option here since ignoring the problem will make your air conditioning unit run continuously and will send your energy bills through the roof. Also, without adequate refrigerant, the evaporator coil cannot keep up with water flow into the drain pan, causing it to overflow and potentially creating water damage. On top of all of that, the lack of refrigerant could cause your unit to work overtime, which could damage the compressor in the outside unit. If that happened, you’d most likely be looking at a very expensive repair. Does it get any worse?
The Possible Solutions for a Hissing and Bubbling AC Unit
Now for the good news. Certified Heating and Cooling can resolve your problem quickly and get your house comfortable and cool again. The sooner you call, the better. Our NATE-certified technicians will inspect your system and recommend one of the following:
- Add more refrigerant: If the leak is very small, this is a possibility; however, if you have an older AC unit that uses a costly and outdated refrigerant, adding refrigerant over and over again is not going to be cheaper in the long run.
- Repair the leak and add new refrigerant: If the leak is minor and the unit is relatively new, repairing it could be a good choice. In this case, ourCertified Heating and Cooling technician will find the leak and clear the old refrigerant from the unit. Then, they will repair the leak and add new refrigerant.
- Replace the unit: Depending on the cost of repairing the leak and the age of your air conditioner, it may be more cost effective to completely replace it. If your air conditioning unit is more than ten years old, you can more than likely expect for repairs to become more frequent and costly as time goes on.
Certified Heating and Cooling can provide you with recommendations for a new unit, answer your questions about which unit could best suit your needs, and explain how increased energy efficiency can reduce your overall energy bill. Your AC unit should keep your house cool, no matter how hot it gets outside.
AC Maintenance and Repair in Fort Myers and Naples, FL
If your air conditioner is hissing, bubbling, or making any other abnormal sounds, don’t put off calling a local professional. At Certified Heating and Cooling, we offer award winning customer service and peace of mind for our Florida customers! If you’re thinking about the lifespan of your AC unit, consider our Blue Ribbon Maintenance Program. You’ll receive an affordable agreement that protects the longevity and performance of your HVAC equipment while your investment pays for itself through energy and repair savings. We don’t want you to have to experience this stress again!
Schedule a service with our knowledgeable professionals today to have your air conditioner looked at!