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Issues With Older Air Conditioners

older air conditioners

As with other mechanical systems, air conditioners have a limited lifespan, and as they age you might run into some problems. Most homeowners will start to notice that older air conditioners just can’t keep the house as cool as they used to, or, that it’s working but seems to be running longer.

The best way to extend the usefulness of your air conditioner is with preventive maintenance. Having a professional inspect and clean the system every year can improve reliability and efficiency and help catch—and correct—problems early, before they turn into an expensive repair. If you haven’t scheduled your yearly AC maintenance appointment, book it now!

Even with the best maintenance, there will come a time when you’ll need to replace the air conditioner. After about 10 years, keep a lookout for the following:

Higher Energy Bills
If you begin to see a spike in monthly energy bills, it’s likely a sign you need to replace your air conditioner. As air conditioners age, they have to work harder to do the same job. The less efficient your air conditioner is, the higher your energy bill will be.

Increased Repairs
Though you should be scheduling routine maintenance, if the AC requires frequent repairs, it’s an indication the air conditioner is near the end of its life. If the cooling system is no longer covered by a manufacturer warranty and you’re paying out of pocket for all parts, you might actually be spending more than if you just replaced the whole system.

Inconsistent Temperatures
An older air conditioner will not be able to sustain a consistent temperature throughout the home. This can result in hot or cold spikes rather than a steady, comfortable temperature in every room of your home. The only solution for an older air conditioner that cannot keep the house cool is to replace it.

If you need to replace your air conditioner, there are affordable ways to upgrade your home comfort. Let one of our friendly sales associates go through the options!

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Team Harding has been Ottawa’s leading home comfort specialist since 1994. We are a family-owned and operated local business providing AC installation, repair and maintenance services from Renfrew to Prescott to Russell.

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