How to Know It’s Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner

This post was last updated on October 18th, 2022 at 03:19 am

Do you think about changing your air conditioning system? Does it cross your mind to replace it at all?

There comes the point in life when we contemplate switching things up, especially in our homes where we feel the most comfortable. You might be asking yourself: is it time to upgrade the kitchen, organize the basement, or rearrange the furniture?

But have you considered updating your air conditioning system? It is not easy to decide, especially if it is still functioning. Sometimes, the air conditioner only crosses your mind when you need it cleaned or repaired by professional technicians.

While there is no need to rush and replace it, you would not want to wait for the day when it malfunctions suddenly.
There are plenty of signs to tell you if an air conditioning system is on the verge of breaking down. Pay attention to the signs of failure so you can prepare when to buy a new one. Here are some ways to tell if an air conditioner needs to be replaced:

Over 10 Years

While air conditioners can last up to 15 years, they lose efficiency when they reach a decade. Most of them are placed outdoors and are constantly exposed to harsh conditions. This situation may affect their performance and shorten their life.

The health and performance of your air conditioner suffer more if you fail to have it under regular check-ups. If you did a good job with the maintenance of your air conditioner, it would most likely last you 10 to 15 years.

The unit’s condition is also affected by how often you use it. Other factors include how well your air conditioner can handle cooling your room and how hot your location is.

Another thing to note is the availability of the mechanical parts of the air conditioner. AC models are regularly updated, and your AC model’s parts might not be available anymore. Consider buying a new AC unit if an important part gets broken, and your local shop cannot get a replacement due to unavailability.

Frequently Breaks Down

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Most A/C problems are easily avoided if they are under regular maintenance. Qualified technicians can detect potential problems and fix them before they get worse. Having your air conditioner checked regularly is great for its longevity, especially during summer when it is expected to do some heavy work.

You might be doing proper maintenance for your A/C unit, but that does not mean it is less prone to malfunctioning. If the AC unit still broke down despite maintenance, this is a sign to prepare for a new one.

An air conditioner breaking down more than once in a row could also lead to more costs. The frequent repairs might prove more costly than anticipated, so you’re better off buying a new air conditioner. When repair costs become more expensive than buying a new one, find a replacement.

Increasing Energy Bills

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Your energy bills should remain consistent throughout the year and they should only spike during summer or winter. These are the times you use the air conditioner or furnace the most. When the energy bill has increased while other factors have not changed, it may be time to get a new air conditioning system.

The monthly expenses are bound to increase when your air conditioner starts to lose efficiency, gets older, or malfunctions frequently. Get a new unit if you notice your energy bill increased after a month or two.

Other Warning Signs

The following are some signs that your air conditioner needs to be replaced soon:

  • Fluid leaks – The A/C unit gives off some condensation, but watch out if large amounts of fluids start to leak.
  • Low or uneven cooling – Examine if the air it gives off is warm, not cold enough, or provides varying coolness levels.
  • Low airflow – Check the filters to see if they are clogged. If not, then the unit is worse for wear.
  • Poor air quality – If air from your air conditioner gives off a strange smell, this could mean that mold has flourished inside.
  • Unusual noises – Aside from being an inconvenience, this is a sign that the air conditioning system is worn out.

About the author

Rachel Watson is the Senior Content Editor of New AC Unit. Aside from heading the company’s content marketing strategies, she writes articles about how to stay fit and energy-efficient home living.

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