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Learning to Garden: It is Easier Than You Think

I used to pull into my driveway after work every day and wish I had beautiful flowers growing in my yard, like many of my neighbors. My parents didn't garden when I was a child, and I thought it was a talent that just didn't run in my family. I decided "what the heck?" one day and started researching gardening tips. I learned how to plant the right flowers in the right places, so they get just enough sunlight. I also learned a lot along my gardening journey, and I now have a beautiful yard filled with flowers that I planted myself! I decided that I wanted to create a blog that helps everyone realize that they can have the yard of their dreams. I hope you learn a lot here that helps you finally have a yard that you love!


How To Fix A Loud Condenser Unit

Does your air conditioner sound louder than normal? If you notice any rattling or vibrating noise coming from your condenser unit, there is a good chance that you have an issue with the fan. The fan is already the loudest part of the condenser unit, but it can become even louder if certain parts become loose. This article explains how to check and repair a loud condenser unit fan.

Shutting Down the Condenser

Actually accessing this part of the condenser unit is probably the most time-consuming part. First of all, you want to turn your thermostat to the OFF position. Since most condenser units don't have a power switch, you will need to find the breaker. This gives you a little extra assurance that your AC won't start up while you are working on it.

Opening the Top Cage

Most fans point downward and are mounted directly to the top cage (or bird guard) of the condenser. Often the noise can be coming from the cage being loose. Just check all of the mounting screws to make sure they are tight. If they are tight, the noise is probably coming from the down rod. To access this rod, you will need to remove the cage and lift the fan out of the condenser.

After you remove the mounting screws, you will need to unplug the power supply into the fan as you lift it out. Set the fan on the ground, facing up, so you can work on it. The nut on the end of the rod is the first thing you should tighten. Most often, just a quick tightening will fix any noise issue. However, look for any broken washers on the stem. If they are broken, tightening the bolt won't fix your sound problems.

The best solution is to remove the broken washers and take them to a store where you can find an exact replacement. If the loose washer is below the fan blades, you will need to careful when you slide them off of the rod. It is important that you remember the order of the blades, washers and nut. It can often be confusing when it comes time to reassemble the fan, so take a picture. This way you can be certain that your fan is put back together correctly.

Once your fan is back together and you close up your condenser, you can test it out. It should now run quieter. If you're still having issues with your air conditioner, contact a company like Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning Inc for assistance.