4 Signs That Your AC System is Too Old to Run Efficiently

The typical air conditioner has a life of 10 to 15 years. A well-maintained AC system can function for several years beyond that. While age can give you a strong indication of when you need to replace your old system, you don’t want to replace it prematurely. Here are four important signs that your AC system in Winter Garden, FL, has reached the end of its useful life:

Frequent Air Conditioning Repairs

As an AC system gets older, its parts will begin to fail. Natural wear and tear results in more frequent and costly air conditioning repairs. If you’ve been spending a small fortune on AC repairs recently, it could be worthwhile to upgrade to a new system. While there’s a cost to replace your old AC system, your new air conditioner will be more reliable and will be under a manufacturer’s warranty.

Higher Energy Bills

Older AC systems are decreasingly efficient. As your air conditioner ages, you may notice that your energy bills slowly creep higher with each passing month.

A great way to identify energy increases that are not related to seasonal weather changes is to compare this month’s bill to the bill from the same time last year. Keep in mind that newer AC systems are generally more energy efficient than older models. Therefore, you’ll be able to save when you make an upgrade.

Uncomfortable Indoor Environment

When an AC system ages, it’s less effective at keeping your indoor environment comfortable. An AC system does more than moderate temperature; it also maintains a comfortable humidity level in the home. You may notice that your home is warmer and more humid in the summer months when your air conditioner approaches the end of its life.

Unpleasant Smells

Older AC systems may increasingly emit several types of unpleasant smells. In some cases, you may notice a musty smell that comes from biological growth in the equipment. Old evaporator coils and other issues could result in a burning smell when the AC system is running. An inspection will help you to determine the source of the smell.

It makes sense to schedule maintenance and repair service on a newer system. However, if you have noticed any of these signs of trouble with an older AC system, it may be time to get a new air conditioner for your home. At Strada Electric, Security & Air Conditioning, our service technicians are available to inspect your air conditioner thoroughly to help you better determine the necessary steps for an AC installation, so schedule an appointment by calling our office today.

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