Why Is My Air Conditioning Unit Shaking?
Shaking should be a reason for concern for anything mechanical that normally doesn't vibrate or shake when it's operating. This definitely applies to your air conditioning unit. While this doesn't necessarily mean you'll need a new cooling system, it's a problem best taken care of as quickly as possible. Below, we take a look at why your AC unit may be shaking and what can be done about it.
Dirt and Debris
An accumulation of dirt and debris sometimes causes shaking. This is more likely to be the case with the outside unit since it's more exposed to the elements and things like leaves, grass, and dirt. However, a dirty filter could also contribute to unusual vibrations during operation. Dirt and debris may also suddenly get into your outside unit after a severe storm or high winds and leave you with a shaking system when it runs.
If it's not the filter or a dirty inside or outside unit causing the problem, mechanical issues may be contributing to a shaking or vibrating cooling system. Issues of this nature may be related to:
- A fan motor or compressor that needs repairing
- An out of balance blower wheel or motor fan blade
- Loose connections or internal parts
It's often possible to make repairs to correct mechanical problems of this nature, although there are some exceptions. For instance, if the fan motor or compressor is severely worn out or damaged, replacing the entire unit may be more cost-effective.
Possible Signs of Failure
If shaking starts just as your AC kicks in at the beginning of a cycle, it could be a sign of failure. This is referred to as a "hard start," and it's a potentially serious problem if it happens each time a cycle starts. There could also be an issue with a part called the start capacitor that's causing this issue. One other possibility is a refrigerant leak that's causing the unit to work harder each time it operates – to the point where shaking is noticed.
Resolving the Problem
We realize it's not ideal to turn off your AC when it's sweltering and humid, and you need your inside spaces cooled. However, it's best to turn off your unit immediately if it's suddenly vibrating excessively or shaking in a noticeable way. The reason for doing so is to prevent further damage and maintain your safety. Resolving the problem may involve:
- Being more diligent about routine AC maintenance
- Having mechanical issues properly taken care of by an HVAC professional
- A thorough cleaning
- Replacing worn or damaged parts
- Tightening connections and making a few other adjustments
Call Us Today
Once you turn off your shaking air conditioning unit, give the experts at Command Service Center a call. Our technicians have the tools, skills, and parts required to troubleshoot and resolve a wide range of AC problems. We're also here to help you out if it's time to discuss and consider a new air conditioning unit.
Contact our experienced comfort pros today for prompt assistance with any AC issues.