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Is My Air Conditioner Inefficient in My Knoxville, TN Home?

Summers in Knoxville, TN, are fun and relaxing unless the hot temperatures and humidity make your home uncomfortable. Here are some telltale signs that your air conditioner isn’t functioning as it should.

A Malfunctioning Thermostat

Your programmable thermostat acts as the communicator and brains for your HVAC system. Usually, the thermostat will send prompts to your HVAC to adjust the temperatures to suit excellent home conditions. In the case of a defective thermostat, however, your air conditioning system will heat or cool your home irregularly and inaccurately.

An HVAC technician will correctly service, upgrade or replace your thermostat when it malfunctions. Below are some signs that your thermostat is the reason for an inefficient air conditioner.

  • Your air conditioner turns on and off even when not in operation. Defective thermostats can also cause the HVAC unit to keep on running even after you turn it off.
  • Incorrect thermostat readings
  • Randomly high energy bills
  • An outdated and aging thermostat
  • Irregular temperature fluctuations

An Aging HVAC system

With proper HVAC maintenance, your heating and cooling system can last for over a decade. Only after a decade can its performance start to deteriorate, be inconsistent and become inefficient. A 10-year-old HVAC system probably is experiencing wear and tear, thus the inefficiency.

A common sign of old HVAC systems is having to call in repairs more frequently than you used to. While routine maintenance is important, too many repairs are a sign you need an HVAC replacement.

Refrigerant Complications

If your HVAC system is experiencing leaks in the refrigerant due to drainage issues, it’s inefficient. Leaks occur when the condenser line is full and won’t drain away water. Such conditions can negatively affect your indoor air quality.

A malfunctioning heating and cooling system will skyrocket your utility bills and potentially cause discomfort. Contact our Melton Heating and Air Conditioning experts for HVAC repair, installation and maintenance services.

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