Problems with Older Air Conditioning Systems

June 6, 2016by admin2
Old outdated inefficient air conditioning unit in need of replacement with high efficiency unit
Old outdated inefficient air conditioning unit in need of replacement with high efficiency unit

Problems with Older Air Conditioning Systems

Older air conditioning systems deal with plenty of wear and tear. This can reveal itself in stages, as parts start to fail over time, or sometimes the air conditioning system will breakdown all at once. Richmond is known for it’s hot and humid summers, so a full system breakdown can result in a very uncomfortable situation.

At W.G. Speeks, we recommend homeowners replace their air conditioning systems between 10 and 15 years. Here are some of the common problems with older air conditioners to be aware of so you can know when it’s time to get a new one.


Damage to the coil, the compressor or the fan means the air conditioner has to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This results in much higher energy usage. It’s common knowledge that a 15-year-old AC unit won’t work as efficiently as one designed today, but this could be the reason your electric bill is so high.

Slow Performance

An older air conditioner is likely to take a longer time cooling your home. This is often not worth the cost of maintenance and energy. It will only get higher the longer you keep your old system.

Frequent Repairs

The longer you try to salvage your old air conditioning system, the more likely it will break down during those times you really need it. If you are getting repair after repair, and the cost is adding up, it’s probably more cost-effective to replace your AC unit entirely.

WG Speeks Can Help

We highly recommend taking proactive steps and replacing your AC system once it begins it show these typical signs of aging. A newer system will have more features and operate more efficiently, which is something that’s important during hot Richmond summers. Replacing your system at a reasonable time can save you a lot of money in the long run.

For more questions or a need for services such as Air Duct Cleaning and HVAC Repair and Installation, call us at 804-276-2800 and see why W.G. Speeks has been the reliable Richmond, VA heating and air conditioning experts since 1943.


  • Skylar Williams

    September 16, 2016 at 3:58 am

    I can attest to the frequent repairs, I do have an older system. I’m trying to decide if I should get this other repair or just flat out buy a new system. I have experienced those inefficiencies you mentioned.

  • Bernard Clyde

    February 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I can see how an older, worn out air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home. Not to mention that it probably breaks down exponentially faster from there since it’s working so much harder. The electric bill probably keeps going up from there too! Thanks for the ideas of things to look out for in an old, possibly worn out AC unit.

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