3 Signs It’s Time to Pull the Plug On Your Aging Air Conditioner

May 07, 2012

It can be a difficult decision to pull the plug on an old friend that has kept you cool and comfortable for so many sweltering days.

You have a soft spot for those strange noises and now it’s hard to conceive of a new, quieter and more efficient air conditioner taking its place. But your trusty comrade needs repairs yet again and you are left wondering, “Would I be better off with someone newer?”

These are trying times. And to help you make an informed decision on whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, the cooling experts at Cool Today have come up with three key signs that it may be time for a new air conditioner in your Florida home.

1st Sign That It’s Time For A New Air Conditioner: It’s Over 10 Years Old

We know it can be difficult to part with something that’s been such a fixture in your home for so long. But according to ENERGY STAR, if you are having air conditioning problems with a unit that is over 10 years old, it may be more beneficial to upgrade to a new one than to repair the old one.

The advances in energy efficiency in the last ten years mean there are new air conditioners that could be 30-40% more efficient than your current model. While the initial investment will be more than a repair, you will recoup the price with energy savings and fewer repair costs in the long run.

2nd Sign That It’s Time For A New Air Conditioner: Constant Repairs

It is not cruel to pull the plug because you are tired of the recurring repair bills: it’s smart. As your air conditioner nears the end of its useable life, its parts continue to wear out and require repair, leaving you footing the bill.

You know you will need a new air conditioner at some point, so your choices are really either to continue to pay for repairs and then purchase a new system later, or to purchase a new system now and save money by avoiding future repairs.

3rd Sign That It’s Time For A New Air Conditioner: High Energy Bills

You may feel you are betraying your air conditioner by purely basing your decision on financial reasons. But it’s the right thing to do. As it ages and its internal components begin to age, your air conditioner becomes less energy efficient. That’s why a spike in energy usage is completely normal for a cooling system on its last legs. You should take it as a sign that it’s time for a new air conditioner.

But What About My Old Air Conditioner?

Don’t worry. When you get a newer, more efficient air conditioner from Cool Today, we take care of everything. Your aging air conditioner will be treated with dignity as it meets its end and we will remove it and dispose of it properly.

The decision to pull the plug on your aging air conditioner is a difficult one no matter how you slice it. However, by taking these signs into consideration you can at least feel good knowing you have done the right thing.

Looking for a new air conditioner? Cool Today has been serving the air conditioning needs of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Pinellas, and southern Hillsborough counties since 1963.

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