Truth be told, air conditioners come in handy in cooling and purifying the air of your recreational vehicle. But just like other HVAC systems, the air conditioner for RVs is bound to make noises when in operation. When this happens, sleeping can be a nightmare and you may be left to choose between turning on the AC and switching off your television. So how to make your RV air conditioner quieter?
RV AC noises can be caused by several reasons including loose components and worn-out rubber cushions. In this article, we will look at some pro tips that can help you reduce the noise that comes from your RV AC.
- Tips & Tricks to Make Your RV AC Quieter
Tips & Tricks to Make Your RV AC Quieter
Tip 1: Dampen the Noise
There are several ways that you can dampen the noise of your RVs air conditioner. For instance, you can hire an HVAC professional to install a noise blanket to insulate the compressor of your AC. This will help to prevent sound without compromising on the performance of your AC. Alternatively; you can place a noise-dampening shell around the air conditioner to bring down the noise level.
Tip 2: Carefully Choose Your Location
If you want your air conditioner to run quietly, then it is paramount to pay attention to the location of their installation. This is especially true if you are installing a new AC unit. Choose a location that is far from a lot of activity to reduce noise disruption. Avoid installing the AC in the bedroom, narrow corridors or on multiple surfaces as this will only intensify the sound.
Tip 3: Check the AC’s Rubber Cushioning
Air conditioners for RV are usually designed with rubber cushions that aid in the absorption of vibration that emanates from running the unit. However, when these rubber cushioning wears out, they become inefficient at the absorption of vibration and this can result in unusual noise.
For this reason, it is important to inspect the rubber cushioning of your AC and ensure that they are in the right working condition. If not, consider replacing them with new ones.
Tip 4: Do Regular AC Maintenance
Believe it or not, most AC RV noise is caused by clogged, worn out or damaged components. Therefore, you need to do regular maintenance on your RV AC especially if it’s an older model. RV AC noise can emanate from blocked air flows via vents and ducts. Therefore, cleaning the ducts and vents can help to lower the noise levels and get rid of musty smell.
Dirty fan blades could also be the reason why your AC makes plenty of noise. Cleaning them regularly can help to solve this problem and make your AC function efficiently. Other maintenance schedules that you can do include clearing debris, changing filters, and even updating your AC if necessary.
You can do regular maintenance by yourself if you have the basic knowledge needed for this. If you are unable to undertake the maintenance tasks, it would be a good idea to seek the services of an RV AC specialist.
Tip 5: Inspect the Fan Motor
Did you know that your fan motor could be the reason why you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in your RV? The fan motor for older or highly used AC can create loud noises. A solution for this is inspecting the fan motor and replacing it if it’s in bad shape. If you cannot determine the condition of your fan motor, ask for help from a professional.
Tip 6: Loosen the AC Mounting
When the air conditioner is tightly mounted, vibrations can easily be transmitted to your RV via the frames and wall. To prevent this, check the AC’s mounting screws and loosen them if they are too tight. However, be careful not to lose any component as this could contribute to noise in your RV.
Tip 7: Buy Noise Reduction Kit
Also known as an RV AC silencer, a noise reduction kit is an effective way of lowering noise levels in your RV. This is a good alternative if you can’t seem to find any other problem with the AC but it still produces a loud noise.
When I couldn’t find any malfunctioning with my AC, I decided to use an AC silencer and I can admit that it works really great. Plus, they are very easy to install as they come with DIY installation steps and don’t require you to hire a specialist.
The silencers have a thick cotton lining that is placed inside the duct to help reduce the sound by 8 to 10 decibels. With several models of noise reduction kits, see to it that you get high-quality and versatile products. There are AC noise reduction kits that can help reduce noise as well as enhance airflow.
Tip 8: Purchase a Quiet RV Air Conditioner Unit
With advancements in technology, the market is packed with RV AC units that make less noise, unlike their older counterparts. Although these units make operational noise, you can be assured that they won’t disrupt your sleep at night. Also, ensure that the AC has the right BTU and is from a reputable company.
Items You Will Need:
- Noise–dampening shell
- Noise blanket
- Rubber cushioning
Did you find these tips useful? I hope you did because I know how annoying and noisy AC can be when taking a vacation in your RV. If your AC is loud and noisy, ensure to take these tips into consideration to help you restore quietness and serenity in your RV. Now you have the answer on how to make your RV air conditioner quieter. Start with simple solutions before trying more technical fixes.
If all the fixes don’t work for you, go ahead and get yourself a noise silencer kit or a new quiet model. If you found this article useful, do not forget to drop your comments and share it with your friends and family!
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