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How to Tell If Your Air Conditioning Unit is Getting Old

Some things get better with age, but it’s seldom that your home’s air conditioner is one of them. While most A/C systems offer long lifespans, an older unit may not be as effective at keeping your home comfortable. Here are a few signs that your air conditioner may be feeling its age:

  • It doesn’t cool as well as it used to. An air conditioner’s performance can decline as it ages, resulting in a system that no longer provides the cooling comfort you expect for your home. If your air conditioner seems unable to keep up with your home’s cooling demands, then it may be time for a replacement.
  • It needs constant repairs. Even the most meticulously maintained air conditioners can require constant repairs once it’s reached an old age. If it seems like your air conditioner is always breaking down on the hottest days of the year, then you may want to consider a replacement.
  • Your energy bills get higher with each passing month. The older an air conditioner gets, the more energy it tends to use due to cumulative wear and tear and increased system loads. If you have an old A/C system and want to reduce your monthly energy costs, then you may want to consider replacing it with a newer and more energy efficient unit.
  • You’re grappling with humidity problems. An air conditioner does more than just regulate temperature - it also regulates the humidity in your home. Older A/C systems may not be able to manage moisture as effectively, resulting in a house that’s too humid during the summer.
  • It’s been a decade or more since your last A/C replacement. Most central air conditioners enjoy a working lifespan of 12 to 15 years, depending on how well they were maintained throughout their life. Most experts recommend having your A/C system replaced after 10 years of service.

If you’re experiencing any of the above from your air conditioner, then you may want to consider having the team at AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration replace your current air conditioner with a newer unit. Contact us today for all your heating and cooling needs!

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