Air conditioning is an amazing luxury, especially while we are trying to beat this Houston heat. But when your AC system starts making weird noises, it can be hard to keep your cool. At Superior HVAC, your comfort and happiness are our priority. We would hate to spend a second without air conditioning in our own homes, but we would hate it even more if one of our loyal customers had to do without cool, circulating air this summer. That being said, we want to provide you with the proper tools to diagnose a problem with your AC unit, should it start making funny noises. What sound is it making and what might that mean–we’ll help you get to the root of the issue. And if you realize you need further assistance, we look forward to answering any questions you may have or helping you schedule a time for us to come out and repair or replace your air conditioning unit.
So what sound is your AC making?
If your air conditioning system is making clanking sounds, there are a couple of different things that may be going on within your unit. There may be a part that is loose, out of balance or that has completely fallen off and is now bouncing around inside the unit making an annoying and troublesome clanking noise. If the part that’s loose is the compressor, this might require repair or replacement that we are highly qualified to take care of for you! A clanking sound may also mean the the fan’s blades are bent or out of balance and are hitting other parts within the unit. More than likely, it will be difficult to ignore the clanking sound within your AC unit, but if you are somehow able to tune it out, don’t tune out the fact that you will need to have this issue repaired as soon as possible. If you go without calling Superior HVAC, the problem with your air conditioner will only get worse and you may eventually need to have your full system replaced—we can also take care of a full AC replacement, if need be!
When it comes to buzzing sounds resonating from your air conditioner, there are several things this sound could mean, including:
Finding the cause of the buzzing sound may be difficult on your own, which is why we recommend giving us a call. We will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and have it resolved immediately. You will be back enjoying cool, circulating air in no time—and without any annoying buzzing sounds!
A humming sound coming from your AC unit may not be the result of a serious problem—sometimes it may even be difficult to differentiate a “problematic” humming sound from the normal humming your system makes. This sound typically points to an electrical issue like problems with the motor including loose wiring. Loose parts and refrigerant piping can all vibrate within your air conditioning unit causing the humming sound, as well. Again, it may be difficult to get to the root of your problem on your own, so please give us a call when you need some assistance. And don’t forget, as with most HVAC issues, even a small problem that seems insignificant can eventually turn into a large issue if ignored.
You may notice a clicking sound when you turn your AC unit on or off, and this type of clicking sound is normal. If, however, you consistently notice a clicking sound while the air conditioner is running, this could point to issues with the thermostat. The thermostat senses the air temperature in the room and automatically switches your system on or off when your desired temperature is reached. Beyond the clicking sound in your air conditioner, other ways you can tell the thermostat has failed include:
If you think your thermostat has failed or is failing, give our HVAC experts a call today. Whether you are hearing a clicking sound coming from within your AC system or your air conditioning is running without stopping, our team will be able to diagnose the problem and resolve it immediately.
Most of the time, a rattling sound coming from your AC is caused by loose parts that are bouncing around or debris that has clogged the system. If the fan is loose, this may also be the culprit, as a loose fan will rattle violently and can even knock into other parts within the unit—this is a dangerous problem that should be resolved immediately. If you are set on checking out and finding the cause of the rattling sound on your own, start your search looking for loose screws and then change your indoor air filter. If the sound persists, give us a call. We want you to stay cool and comfortable during this Houston heat!
Never ever ignore a high-pitched whistling sound coming from your air conditioner! If you hear this sound, turn your AC unit off immediately and get the professionals at Superior HVAC on the phone right away. A whistling or screaming sound can be an indicator that your system is leaking refrigerant. Not only does a refrigerant leak cause damage to your AC unit, it can also cause serious, serious health issues for you and your family. When people inhale refrigerant, which is a tasteless, odorless gas, problems such as troubled breathing, fluid buildup in the lungs, organ damage and even death. Why does this happen? In short, refrigerant cuts off the supply of oxygen to your cells and lungs. If you are worried that someone in your family is experiencing refrigerant poisoning, call 911 or the National Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222).
If you notice a whistling sound and are able to turn off your air conditioning unit before any real issues arise, call us right away. We will hurry to your home to fix the problem, ensuring your family is safe and that your AC is working properly. We offer same-day service calls, so you will never have to wait to have an immediate issue resolved by our professionals.
A squealing or screeching sound coming from your air conditioner usually means you have a broken or damaged belt. A belt needs to be repaired by an HVAC professional and is, of course, another problem we will be able to quickly and easily resolve for you. The belt is what enables the fan within your AC unit to spin properly. Belt-powered fans are typically found in older AC units, so if the belt in your system fails, you may consider replacing your old air conditioner with a new, more efficient unit—it’s completely up to you, but we recommend upgrading your current system.
Bubbling sounds are very troublesome and dangerous and are early warning signs of a slow refrigerant leak. Turn off your AC system immediately and call Superior HVAC. The bubbling sound comes from gas bubbles that are moving through the refrigerant line. If this sound goes ignored, it will turn into a full blown leak, which, like we explained, is a serious health hazard and can even be fatal. So don’t delay when you hear bubbling noises—call us right away!
If you notice any other abnormal sound coming from your AC unit, give our team a call today! Because of the serious problems that could be happening within your unit, we recommend calling right away when you notice a sound that is out of the ordinary. When you call us, we’ll be able to arrange your free estimate and even get out to your house, same day, if your HVAC problem needs immediate attention. We are currently offering a special on AC replacement that includes a free Wi-Fi thermostat with installation. If you are someone who has an old, out-of-date AC system, take advantage of this special today!
At Superior HVAC, we are proud supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project. We donate a large portion of our service fees, installation fees and repair invoices to this incredible project. Read more here to learn about our specials and the exact amount of money we donate to the WWP. We know there are many other HVAC companies that you can turn to when you are in need of repair or replacement services, which is why we appreciate your business and look forward to working with you soon.
Air conditioning: it’s like oxygen. In the depths of summer, having a quality air conditioning system in place is absolutely essential. After a long, hot day, there are few things that feel better than getting home, cranking up the AC and letting the cool, refreshing air breathe new life into you. While you are most certainly thankful to have an air conditioning system in your home, have you ever found yourself wondering who you should thank for the original invention of air conditioning?
Let’s take a stroll back in time—way, way back to 1758 when Benjamin Franklin and John Hadley, a chemistry professor at Cambridge University, began to explore the concept of “evaporation” as a means to rapidly cool and object. The duo concluded that evaporation of liquids such as alcohol and ether could be used to drive down the temperature of a given object, below the freezing point of water. Benjamin Franklin claimed that, “From this experiment, one may see the possibility of freezing a man to death on a warm summer’s day.”
His conclusion may sound a bit morbid, but this discovery kickstarted research that continued and evolved over time, eventually becoming the superior air conditioning system that is currently keeping you cool and comfortable!
Next, we’re going to jump ahead to 1842 when Dr. John Gorrie came up with an idea to help cool cities and relieve its residents of “the evils of high temperatures.” He believed that cooler temperatures in hospitals were the key to keeping patients comfortable and even avoiding certain diseases like malaria. His initial attempts at creating a cooling system involved having ice shipped to Florida from frozen lakes in the northern United States—an expensive challenge in his otherwise brilliant plan. He decided to come up with a way to make his own ice using a compressor powered by a horse, water and steam. The doctor used the creation to cool rooms in the hospital and received a patent for his ice-making machine in 1851. Unfortunately, the doctor’s financial backer passed away, and without finances, Gorrie was unable to develop the machine. His efforts were not in vain, though. His invention and discoveries laid the foundation for future studies of artificial cooling.
The desire for cooler interior temperatures went unstudied for another 40 years until a naval engineer built a cooling unit for President James Garfield after he was shot on July 2, 1881. The machine was a box filled with water-soaked cloths and a fan that blew hot air up, away from the ground while keeping cool air low and close to the President in his hospital bed. The cooling unit was able to drop the room’s temperature to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, which was a huge achievement! Cool air, here we come, right!? Not quite! In two months, the device used more than 500,000 lbs of ice to cool the President—another costly setback in the quest to create an air conditioning system.
Twenty years later, Willis Trane was working for the Buffalo Forge Company and was asked to come up with a way to solve the problem of humidity in the office that was causing magazine pages to wrinkle at Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company in Brooklyn. (And boy-oh-boy are we thankful for whoever assigned Trane to this task!) Trane invented a cooling system, called the “Apparatus for Treating Air,” that blew air through cold coils filled with cold water, thereby controlling the room’s temperature and humidity. Many consider this to be the first modern electrical air conditioning system. Thank you, Willis Trane! His invention was such a success that he started his own company, the Trane Air Conditioning Company of America. Fast forward a bit to 1922 when the Trane Engineering Corporation installed the first large-scale cooling system in a movie theater in Los Angeles. The system pumped cool air throughout the venue and helped control humidity making the movie watching experience much more comfortable that it had previously had been. Early cooling systems in movie theaters had pumped cool air through floor vents, pushing hot, muggy air towards the upper levels. The result was way too cold temperatures at the lower levels and uncomfortable, hot viewing experiences up top.
Let’s jump back to 1906. Stuart Cramer created a ventilating device to use in a yarn factory. His largest contribution to this “history of” story? He is the first person to bring the phrase “air conditioning” into existence!
The first in-home air conditioning system debuted in a mansion in Minneapolis in 1914 and measured in at seven feet tall, six feet wide and 20 feet long. After many, many modifications, an air conditioning until that fit on a window ledge was invented by H.H Schultz and J.Q. Sherman in 1931. The systems were available for purchase in 1932, but priced at a whopping $50,000, the upper-class and wealthy were the only ones able to afford the home cooling systems. Engineer Henry Galson went on to create a smaller and more affordable version of Schultz and Sherman’s air conditioning unit. In 1947, almost 45,000 systems were sold and people were finally able to enjoy the luxury of cool, circulating air within their home. Hooray, Henry Galson!
Fast forward to 1970 when almost every new home came equipped with a central air conditioning unit. Window air conditioners were affordable alternatives for those who did not have central air, but with all of the energy being used to power these cooling units, lawmakers were forced to jump to action. The Energy Department’s “Appliance and Equipment Standards Program” created federal conservation standards for air conditioner manufacturers that are expected to net almost $30 billion in energy bill savings from 1993 to 2023.
Now that you are well-versed in all things air conditioning, always remember the movers and shakers who were daring and innovative enough to make this cool luxury a reality. Without them, there would be no escaping this Houston heat!
Here at Superior HVAC, we are thankful for the thinkers and creators who made our jobs possible. If you live in the greater Houston area and have questions about your air conditioning system, feel free to give us a call today. We would be happy to discuss anything HVAC with you. We offer air conditioning installation, repair and replacement services and are currently running a special for the installation of a free WIFI thermostat when you have us replace your old, loud air conditioning unit! And if you are someone in need of same-day service, call today—our $45 same-day service fee cannot be beat! At Superior HVAC, your happiness and comfort are our priorities. Check out the extensive list of services we offer and schedule your appointment today! In the words of author Lorraine Peterson, “Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice.” When you call Superior HVAC, though, you’ll be both—totally awesome and oh-so cool!
We’re in the middle of summer and boy-oh-boy is it hot out—we know you’re feeling the Houston heat! If you’re like us, the summertime struggle goes a little something like this: We want to spend time outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, but the heat is too much to handle so we also just want to sit in front of the air conditioner for hours on end. At Superior HVAC of Texas, your happiness is our priority, and we strive to provide our clients with the best HVAC installation and repair services in the northern Houston area. If you have already had your air conditioning system inspected or newly installed this summer, we hope you are enjoying the cool comfort of your home! If, on the other hand, you are someone who drags their feet when it comes to preventative inspections and maintenance, pick up your phone and gives us a call today! We would hate for anyone to lose the luxury of cool, circulating air when it is so hot out, but if you do fall victim to this unfortunate fate, here are a few ways you can beat the heat until one of our professional HVAC experts can repair or install your AC.
When your air conditioning system goes kaput, your first instinct may be to open all of the windows in your home with the hopes that it will help circulate the warm, stagnant air inside. Stop! Don’t do it! Not only will the hot air from outside rush into your home and instantly transform your residence into a giant oven, you will also be allowing any remaining cool air to escape out of your house and into the horrible heat. If you have oscillating fans or ceiling fans, turn them on to help move around any precious cool air that may be lingering. When it comes to putting your window opening and closing strategy into action, follow this pattern. If nights are cool and comfortable enough for your liking, opening up all of the windows and sliding doors in your home. While you sleep, the cold air will creep in and fill your house with refreshing, cold air. Make sure to check when sunrise is, and wake up a few minutes before that time to close all the windows and doors. The goal is to trap as much cold air as possible inside you home before the sun rears its beautifully hot face. We’re confident you won’t need to implement this strategy too frequently, though, because our team of professionals will repair your AC system before life becomes absolutely unbearable.
If the AC’s out and your typical stress reliever is baking, you may have to resort to whipping up a batch of homemade popsicles until one of our team members can come repair or replace your air conditioning system. As a rule of thumb, try to avoid using your stove, oven or any other hot kitchen appliance when the windows in your home are closed. Get your cooking done later in the evening when you may be able to open your windows and when cool air is abundant. If you put the effort into strategically opening and closing your windows, the last thing you want to do is fill your cool home with the heat that radiates from your oven—you will totally trump the work you put in containing the cool air and all of the stress will probably intensify your urge to bake. Avoid all of these problems by baking and cooking later in the evening. Stick to salad and popsicle preparation during the day. Or, if you just can’t resist, at least try to wait until one of our professional Houston HVAC contractors comes to the rescue, in which case, we will love banana bread and chocolate chip cookies!
If you are like us, the only kind of shower we genuinely enjoy is a nice warm one. When it’s hot out, though, and your air conditioning system is on the fritz, your shower or bath is an excellent escape from the unbearable temperatures. At this point, the windows in your home are closed, you have resisted the urge to stress bake, but you are still uncomfortable and pesky sweat beads are accumulating on your brow. Head to the bathroom, turn the shower knob all the way towards the blue “C,” and fill up your tub or step into the cold, refreshing waterfall of salvation. Even if you are unable to tolerate such cold water for an extended period of time, take a lukewarm shower or soak your feet and hands in the tub of chilly water. You can also take a handkerchief, dip it in the cold water and wrap it around your head or neck. When the handkerchief starts to return to room temperature, toss it in the fridge or freezer for extra cooling power. And don’t worry, one of our AC specialists is on the way to save the day!
If you aren’t cooking or baking during the day, you are probably doing an excellent job of avoiding hot meals. Is there anything that sounds worse than a piping hot bowl of soup when it’s 98 degrees outside? We didn’t think so. Assuming you have previously survived the Houston heat, your freezer is probably packed to the brim with popsicles, Otter Pops, ice cream, Choco Tacos and numerous trays of ice. While we don’t see anything wrong with a plate of popsicles for dinner, you may resort to more nutritionally sound choices like caesar salad or a tasty chilled pasta salad. When mealtime rolls around and it’s brutally hot out, your goal is to maintain a cool internal temperature. Plus, when you think of summer, don’t you picture yourself munching on a pina colada popsicle or sipping on an ice-cold Arnold Palmer? So go ahead and treat yourself to an extra Choco Taco—your internal temperature will thank you. All we ask is that you share an Otter Pop with the Superior HVAC team member that shows up to fix your air conditioning system. We’re not picky, but the blue and green are our favorites.
We understand that some people simply prefer long pants or jeans, even when the temperature reaches triple digits. It’s OK! But if you are roasting in the Houston heat and your air conditioning system goes out, you have to swap your jeans for a pair of shorts—but only for a “short” time because one of our HVAC specialists is on the way! Until we arrive, though, bring out the box of sandals, shorts, tanks and swimsuits. Yes, the concept is simple and obvious, but we’ll say it again for the record: the less clothing you wear, the cooler you will be. Focus specifically on your head and feet when you are attempting to dress in less. Heat is released through your head and feet, which is why mom told you to cover both up during the winter. During the summer, however, you want to release every bit of that heat, so trade out your hats and shoes for visors and sandals. (Or maybe just avoid visors, altogether.) If you plan on laying down in your home and napping while you wait for us to arrive, spread your limbs away from your body—think “snow angel.” This tactic will move heat away from your torso, offering a cool and comfortable sleeping position for you to relax in until we start knocking on your door.
This tip is more of a preventative measure that you should take before summertime and the Houston heat are at their worst. Many times, AC malfunctions stem from smaller issues that could have been repaired quickly before the whole system broke down. When one of our experienced professionals inspects your air conditioning system, we will be able to determine whether there are any broken parts that need to be replaced or repaired. Hopefully you will not need to have your entire AC system replaced, but if you do, we can take care of that too. Fixing these issues before the heat becomes unbearable will save you lots of stress and sweat when the summer sunshine shows up.
If you live in the Houston area and are in need of air conditioning maintenance, replacement or repair, call the experienced professionals at Superior HVAC of Texas. We will have your system back in working order, enabling you to enjoy the best of both worlds—summer sunshine and a cool, comfortable space at home. Call us today!