Every once in a while I receive a call from a customer that is hearing a hissing noise coming from their air conditioner. Although they are in a state of panic, I know right away it’s not a boa constrictor, rattle snake, or any other animal making that noise. More often than not, the fan motor in the condenser outside has quit working properly. The condenser fan motor is needed to cool off the liquid Freon and the compressor in your condensing unit. Without that fan running, pressures in the system get extremely high and the pressure relief valve inside the compressor pops. This prevents further damage to the system until pressure balance is restored. Most of the time this relief valve will reset on its own after the unit is shut off and the pressures have a chance to equalize. However, the core of the problem has not been handled and this issue will continue until the fan motor is looked at.
Around the Clock Emergency Service
If you hear a hissing noise coming from your air conditioner’s condenser, what should you do? First turn off your air conditioner. Allowing it to run may increase the likelihood of damage to the compressor. Next, you need to call for service. Four Seasons is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just to handle such emergencies, and we can get a technician out to you fast! Your comfort will never be restored unless the reason for the fan failure is detected and repaired. Some times a fan motor failure is due to a lack of maintenance and sometimes it dies out from years and years of use. Whatever the reason may be, your service technician from Four Seasons can suggest ways to avoid this situation in the future and get your unit back up and running.
Take Care in the Future
Hind sight is 20/20. If your air conditioner fails because of a preventable problem, take this breakdown as a wake up call to take better care of your air conditioner! Four Seasons could even get you on a yearly maintenance plan that will ensure your comfort for years and years to come.