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Identifying An Old Air Conditioner

If you can’t remember when you bought your air conditioner, it’s likely on its last legs. While air conditioners have can last an average of 10 to 15 years, the older they get, the harder it is for them to operate efficiently. If you suspect you have an old air conditioner, it’s time to check on it.

Check For An Old AC

When it comes to an old AC, age is not just a number. If your electric bills are on the rise or your unit is struggling to keep up with the set temperature on your thermostat, your AC may be too old and in need of replacement.

How To Check On Your Old AC

  • Look at your power or utility bill from the past 12 months. During the months when the air conditioning or heating is used, do you notice a huge price increase? Taking into consideration the weather and temperature patterns, your heating and cooling system energy usage should remain consistent. Sudden and drastic changes in energy usage are a sign that your system may be close to failing.

  • As your system gets older and less efficient, it is more vulnerable to breakage and faults. If your system has been needing repairs frequently in recent years, this may be a sign that it is getting too old. These repair costs add up with time and will ultimately cost you a lot more than a replacement.

    Use this as a guiding rule: Once you've spent half the cost of a new system on repairs, it's probably time to ditch the old system.

  • Walk around the rooms in your home. Do some rooms feel warmer than others? If that's the case, it might be that your AC is no longer as efficient as it once was or that air is leaking through the ductwork.

  • Air conditioning systems, in addition to cooling your air, are also responisble for maintaining humidity levels and cleanliness. As your system ages, this responsibility can become harder on its old parts.

    If your air feels particiularly more humid or dustier than usual, for no identifiable reason, it may be because your AC unit is struggling to adequately pull moisture from the air during its cooling cycle. This could be due to its old age.

Are you dealing with an old AC? If your AC is only a few years old, consider other problems pointing to why your AC is acting up.

What To Do If You Have An Old AC?

Once you determine you have an old AC, it’s time to replace it. Frequently repairing a unit that’s over 10 years old will only take a toll on your time and money. It’s best to hire an HVAC technician to help you select and install a new AC unit to get your home’s temperature back on track.

Want some extra guidance? Connect with one of our Remote Assist technicians to help you troubleshoot an old AC and determine what steps you can take to select a new one.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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