The use of HVAC equipment such as air Conditioners has already become a necessity especially in hot and humid places like the Middle East. They are constantly used for industrial as well as residential places. However, just like other electronic devices, one of its major problems is the equipment’s noise and vibration.
Cause of Noise and Vibration
To be able to know how to solve this problem, it’s important to understand the causes. Air condition units are comprised of numerous moving parts which in turn, makes them noisy and vibrate. The major sources of noise in the compressor and the condensing fan motor of the unit.
The first source of noise and vibration is the air conditioning unit’s compressor. This is the part that pumps Freon through lines to remove heat, and can sometimes be loud when it is operating. The second source of noise and vibration is the air conditioner’s condensing fan motor. This motor has a large fan which is responsible for blowing heat away from the air conditioning unit during operation. If the motors are not installed well, or due to wear and tear from old age, can create a loud buzzing sound. This can also happen if the compressor motor’s bearings are already worn-out, making the motor spin unevenly.
To be able to solve this noise and vibration issue, it is advised to use high quality anti-vibration rubber pads. These pads are easily installed under the feet of the compressor to dampen the vibrations and reduce noise that is being made by the equipment. Rubber World Industries offers three types of high-quality anti-vibration pads that you can choose from depending on the situation.
Gulf-O-Flex Rubber Cork Pads
Gulf-O-Flex Rubber Cork Pads are anti-vibration pads that are made of the highest quality oil-resistant padding. They are ideally used for Air conditioners, compressors, cooling towers, press machines and others. The cork is laminated between two rubber pads that are corrugated on both sides.
Gulf-O-Flex Full-Ribbed Rubber Pads
These pads are very effective in controlling noise and vibration, especially those involving heavy machinery and equipment because of its alternate high/ low ribbed construction features. They come in 18” square molded easy-to-cut pads. It is easily cut using shears or knives, and is very easy to install. You can also apply multiple layer of ribbed mounting pads to increase deflection.
Gulf-O-Flex Metal Sandwich Pad
The Gulf-O-Flex metal sandwich pad is made of multiple layers of pads that are separated by a steel plate for load distribution. This is recommended for use where noise and vibration control is required. Metal sandwich pads are ideally used for Air-conditioning, Pumps, Motors, Generators and Fans.