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5 Signs of an Aging Air Conditioner

Air conditioners don’t last forever, and age is one of the primary factors that should be considered when thinking about replacing yours. While many homeowners are fine with letting their old system keep cooling their house because it’s still doing an okay job, the fact is that you could be using more energy and paying more than you normally would with a newer replacement model.

We get it, AC repair in Sarasota, FL can be a good service to call for when you’re being a responsible homeowner. However, too many homeowners tend to repair their air conditioners that are just too old to be still working in peak condition.

While we often recommend air conditioner replacements, today we’d like to talk about why we offer this kind of service so much. AC repairs can be vital for your system, but when you’re dealing with an aging air conditioner, you’re going to have to think about the future.

What Age Can Do to Your AC

Having AC problems and calling for repairs can be a good idea, but if your AC is suffering from problems due to age, you’re inevitably going to have to have a conversation with your technician about where to go from here. Take a look below and see what problems could be caused by age.

1. Higher Energy Bills

An older air conditioner is going to consume more energy than a newer one. Obviously there are a few caveats with that since routine annual maintenance can help decrease that inefficiency. Overall, you’ll start seeing an increase in your bills and there just won’t be much you can do about it except having your old system replaced.

2. More Frequent Repairs

An aging air conditioner is going to require more frequent repairs on average than a younger one. The problem with this is not just the frequent repairs, but the fact that people who own an ancient air conditioner might get used to these frequent repairs and get easily taken advantage of by an amateur technician. After all, what’s to keep a bad guy from coming back to perform repair after repair if he’s getting paid for it? Limit your repairs in general by having your AC replaced.

3. Lower Cooling Power

Aging air conditioners just don’t put out as much cooling as newer ones. Homeowners likely get used to the decrease in power, since their home might still be cooler than it is outside. However, if the temperature is not matching what you’ve put in the thermostat, then you could be due for a new AC.

4. Strange Noises

Older air conditioners make uncomfortable noises. Like an old car that’s starting to sound funky, we implore you not to get complacent with these noises, because they’re likely signaling that there’s something wrong with the system.

5. Dust and Debris Clogs

We get it, if you’ve been replacing your system’s air filter every 1-3 months, then how would your AC get dirty? Well, dust and debris do get through every now and then, and they can ruin the coils of your system. After a while, your evaporator and condenser coils will just lose effectiveness due to being covered in dust and debris.

Don’t become a victim of an aging AC. Call us at Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970.

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