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Serving Panama City, FL


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Was This the Last Summer for Your AC?


It’s September, and the hot weather certainly hasn’t finished with us here in Florida. But at least we know cooler temperatures are coming in the future, and this is a good time to make an assessment of how well your air conditioning system performed this summer season.

If you need to arrange for an AC replacement in Panama City, FL, you’ll want to know about it before the next summer arrives. That way, you can schedule a convenient replacement with our technicians during cooler weather.

How can you tell if this was the last summer for your air conditioner? The easiest way is to schedule an appointment with our team. We’ll give the AC a thorough inspection and then give you our honest opinion as well as a set of options. Below, we’ll look at some of the ways to tell that it’s time to call us for a professional assessment.

The air conditioner is extremely old.

What counts as “extremely old” for an air conditioner? The average service life expectancy of a central AC is 10-15 years. With maintenance, most air conditioners can get to 15. Once an AC is more than 15 years old, it’s moved into “too old” territory. An aging AC will run up higher operating and repair costs and is at a much higher risk of breaking down on you at the worst time. We recommend you replace any AC that’s this old.

The AC has struggled to keep up with the heat.

If your air conditioning system was professionally installed, it shouldn’t have trouble keeping your house cooled to the temperature you need for comfort. But if you noticed this summer that you had to run the air conditioner for longer periods, or had to set the temperature lower to get the results you need, it’s a major warning of an AC in its final decline. Don’t keep lowering the thermostat to find comfort—you may need a new AC!

You’ve noticed hot spots in the house.

This is another way to tell that your air conditioner is losing its cooling power due to advanced age and wear and tear. When an AC can no longer produce the same amount of cooling, more distant rooms on the ventilation system will receive reduced levels of comfort. When you find some parts of the house are hotter than they normally are when the air conditioner is running, have professionals see if the cooling system is over the hill.

Cooling bills are rising out of control.

We hope that you keep tabs on your monthly utility bills, since a rise in energy costs often warns of a malfunctioning appliance. Because of the amount of electricity an air conditioner consumes (more than almost any household appliance or device), it will make a noticeable difference in your electricity bill when it starts to fail. When you see these spikes on your monthly utility bills and you can’t account for them with increased use, it’s time to get experts to look at the AC.

Think you need a new AC this fall? Then reach out to the pros at Parker Services, Inc. Comfort’s just a call away!

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