5 Warning Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair

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As your air conditioner nears the end of its life, it may not operate as well as it once did. Your energy bills can increase as a result of this. Learn the warning signs of an air conditioner that needs attention, before it is too late.

1. Your air conditioner is over ten years old

While older air conditioners can work, they are not as energy efficient as new ones. Trading in an old air conditioner for something new will reduce your energy bill every month. When looking for a new air conditioner, look for an air conditioner that comes with the Energy Star label, as this can save up to 20 percent off your energy bill.

2. You’ve got the HVAC technician on speed dial

While air conditioners benefit from annual service appointments, it’s a problem if you’re constantly calling the HVAC technician. You could be spending more money to repair a finicky unit than it would cost to get a new air conditioner.  If your technician recommends anything more complicated than a belt replacement or a cleaning, and your unit is creeping up on the 10-year mark, you’re best off replacing the air conditioner.

3. Your home feels warm with the AC on

An air conditioner is supposed to cool your home, but if yours isn’t working as it should, the home may feel warm. The air conditioner might have dirt or debris clogging the unit, or it could be too small to properly cool your home. An HVAC technician can inspect the unit, make minor repairs, and estimate the appropriate size unit for your home. If your unit is too old to work properly or too small to cool the home, it may be better to replace it.

4. You’re paying more than you used to

Since energy prices change from month to month, some amount of fluctuation is normal. However, if you’ve noticed that you’re spending significantly more than you used to on energy, it’s a smart idea to have your air conditioner inspected. A technician can clean the unit, so it operates efficiently. An HVAC technician can also estimate the unit’s performance and remaining life span to help you determine when to replace an old air conditioner.

5. Your unit is inconsistent

Sometimes the air conditioner doesn’t cool the house, but other days everything seems fine: this means, there may be an internal problem with the air conditioner.

When you understand what’s gone wrong with your air conditioner and what the options are to fix it, you can make smart decisions for both your comfort and your wallet. Consider calling an HVAC technician before the first heatwave arrives. This way, you can go into the summer, when the unit will experience daily use, knowing your air conditioner is in good shape.

Take advice from your local Trane dealer

Your local Trane dealer has the experience required to assess the health of your air conditioner. If your AC unit requires maintenance, we can help. Or, if you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, we’re happy to introduce options including our most popular, quietest, or most efficient units.

Trane products aren’t just built to the highest standards, they’re also tested to the extreme to guarantee a comfortable, ideal home. Here’s what you can expect from a Trane AC unit:

  • Quiet and efficient air conditioning systems
  • Custom system sizing
  • Wi-Fi thermostats
  • Reduced costs and improved airflow with Trane’s high-efficiency constant torque or variable speed ECM motors
  • Worry-free installations by licensed professionals
  • Worry-free peace of mind.

Contact a local Trane specialist for FREE estimates!

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