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The tropical climate of St. Petersburg, FL, means your air conditioning system works most of the year to cool and dehumidify your home. The last thing you want is to return or wake up to a stifling hot home because of a broken air conditioner. Keep in mind these signs that it’s time for a new AC system for your St. Petersburg home.

Uncomfortable Home

As air conditioners age, they’re less effective at controlling indoor humidity. Damp air feels uncomfortable on your skin. The high humidity causes poor indoor air quality and fuels biologic growth, too. Low airflow also develops as air conditioners age. Inadequate airflow means your home is too warm and the air is stale. This often results from compressor problems, refrigerant leaks, dirty filters or blocked ducts.

No or Inconsistent Cooling

If some rooms of your home are too warm, your air conditioning system isn’t effective. If it’s old, replacing it is a good idea. When there’s no cool air blowing from your home’s vents, your cooling system may need major repairs. If an air conditioner in disrepair is more than 10 years old, the Department of Energy suggests replacing it. Doing so could save 20 to 40% on cooling costs.

Frequent AC System Problems or Repairs

Air conditioners have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Around this time, parts start to break or wear out. If you find yourself making frequent calls for repairs on an older cooling system, it’s time for an AC system or heat pump installation. A good rule of thumb is when the repair costs one-third the price of an AC or heat pump installation and the unit is at least 10 years old, replace it. You’ll benefit from the new cooling system’s energy-saving features, and you won’t have to deal with comfort disruptions.

To learn more about the signs that it’s time for a heat pump or AC installation, check out M & R Air Conditioning & Electrical’s heat pump and AC installation services, or call us today.

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