Is Your AC System Aging Out of Practical Use?

HVAC Purchased Before 2010 May Be Costing You More Than It Should 

Air Conditioner, Service and Maintenance
If your system is more than a decade old, it might be time for an upgrade.

Look, we get it. In fact, we’re all for avoiding replacement of the things in your home that still work, and work well, over time. That apple peeler from your grandmother, that classic car, that throw blanket your kids used to cuddle up in long before they went off to college: all those are irreplaceable, especially with careful maintenance and repair. 

However, your air conditioning system does not work in the same way. Quite frankly, technology improves year after year, making what used to be cutting edge equipment now unwieldy and worse, an energy guzzler. Over time, systems have become streamlined, using far less power to do far more to maintain indoor comfort. On the plus side, that means a newer system will cost you less money to operate and ultimately take far longer to wear out. It also means replacing your current HVAC equipment may be the most sensible and cost-effective option. 

The first way to tell if you need a new system is if your current HVAC is breaking down frequently. Equipment that needs more and costlier repairs than it used to may mean it’s time to consider a replacement. Older systems that run on Freon, a chemical whose manufacture is now banned in the United States and most other countries, means you’re also paying top dollar when you don’t have to for HVAC refrigerant. Newer systems run differently.

Higher than usual energy bills can also be a tip-off that your current set up is taking more from you to do less. Take a moment to compare and contrast your utility bills from past years to now. Most energy companies will have online records of your usage over time and can help you assess what’s happening with both your spend and the amount of energy expended to heat and cool your home. 

Finally, there are some tell-tale indications of an older system on its last legs that may be worth an inspection in the near future. Pro-tip: don’t wait until the hottest day of the year to investigate, as your HVAC equipment may break down entirely when pushed to its limits. 

Funny Noises

This symptom alone doesn’t mean you need to replace your system. However, restricted airflow can result in a strange buzzing noise, and squealing might indicate a decaying fan belt or even a leak. 

Yucky Smells 

Mold and mildew can signal something is wrong with your HVAC system. If you’re noticing increased humidity, a stale smell, or other odors, schedule a consultation sooner rather than later. You don’t want water damage or worse, adverse respiratory symptoms coming from breathing in all that contaminated air.

Here in the Southland, hot weather comes with the territory. Indoor comfort is a must all summer long. Don’t risk it when it comes to an outdated HVAC system. Explore all your options with your Air-Tro system pro. 


Need help with your air conditioning? Get the experts at Air-Tro. We’ve been keeping California comfortable since 1969. Call us here: 626 357-3535.