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Even the best air conditioners will eventually break down, which is a sad reality. When will it be appropriate to retire your outdated system if this is the case?

The seven most apparent signs that it’s time to replace your air conditioner are listed below:

Your Energy Costs Are Rising

Rising energy rates may not be the main reason for your central air conditioning system’s increasing operating costs. American Home Shield said your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system will operate less effectively as it ages, which could result in increased costs.

An aging AC loses Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) points.

You Have an AC That Is Over 10 Years Old

The typical lifespan of an AC is around ten years, according to Energy Star Canada. It normally makes financial sense to buy a new AC if your old one is nearing the 10-year mark because you may cut your AC bills by 20% to 40% by switching to a new, more efficient one.

The Air Coming From Your AC Unit Is Smelly

When your AC is running, the air should smell fresh coming from your vents. If strange odors emanate from your vents when your central air is running, it may be time to replace your AC unit, as per American Home Shield.

Your AC Unit Needs Constant Repairs

The HVAC Service Solutions noted that you should strongly consider replacing your AC if repairing it will cost at least 20% as much as buying a new AC unit. It’s time to get a new AC right away if the repair costs are greater than 30% of the cost of a new one.

You should also assess whether the repair can address the issue with your AC or if it is merely a band-aid fix.

Your Room Isn’t As Cold as It Once Was

The fact that your AC is no longer functioning properly may be the most evident indicator that it is deteriorating. Of course, a failing AC doesn’t necessarily mean you need to get a new one. American Home Shield noted that First, make sure your filters are clean and unclogged.

It might be time for an upgrade if the filters appear to be in good condition but the airflow is still low, as per Berico.

You’re Having Humidity Issues

Your AC’s task includes removing humidity from the air in your home. But as it gets older or problems arise with the evaporator coil, your AC won’t be as effective at removing humidity from the air inside your room as it previously was.

As a result, American Home Shield said there’s a chance that mold or mildew will form within your room. Your house will also feel colder, and you might even notice fog around your vents or on your windows.

There Are Stranger Noises Coming from Your AC Unit

Noises made by a worn-out AC are common indications that it will soon need to be replaced, as per Berico.

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