When something breaks in your home, you always hope there’s an easy fix. Trouble with your computer? Maybe you just need to restart it! Leaky sink? Maybe you just need to tighten a faucet connection. But when a large appliance in your home breaks—especially something as important as the air conditioner—it’s not always easy to tell what it needs.
For the most part, you should rely on trained technicians to tell you what kind of repair your air conditioner needs (and you should call one sooner rather than later). But we want you to know that, unfortunately, not every air conditioner can or should be fixed. Here are some ways to know you might actually need a new AC.