When Do I Need to Replace My Air Conditioner?

March 28, 2019

During the peak of summer, sitting back and relaxing in the air conditioning is a great way to unwind after a long day of work, running errands, or working around the house. As we inch closer to summer, now is the time to think about the condition and effectiveness of your air conditioner, and whether it may be time for a replacement.

How Long Does an Air Conditioner Last?

The typical lifespan of a central air conditioner ranges from 12 to 15 years, though high-quality systems can last up to 20 years if they’ve been maintained especially well. Once an air conditioner nears the end of its service life, costly and critical components can start to fail. The evaporator or condenser coil can start to leak from corrosion or physical damage. The brushes and armatures in the blower motor, condenser fan, or compressor may start to fail, and things like expansion valves may stop working. Replacing one or more of these components can be costly, and that cost often represents a large portion of the price for a new, modern system.

Additionally, long before major components start failing, the air conditioner may suffer from declines in performance, efficiency, and reliability. This means that your system may struggle to keep your home cool, and even if it can do so successfully, it will likely use more energy than normal and require more repairs as the system works harder to maintain your comfort.

Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

As long as your air conditioner is less than 15 years old, does not have problems with any major components, and is not costing a fortune in repairs and electricity, it is probably best to keep using it and repair any problems as they come along. Once major components start failing, or when you can no longer depend on it to keep your home comfortable, that is a different story. Here are a few factors to consider as you debate replacing your air conditioner:

  • Repair costs – If your air conditioner needs major repairs, like replacing the evaporator or compressor, get an accurate repair estimate and compare it to the cost of a new system. Only you can decide if the cost of a replacement is justified.
  • Energy usage – Modern air conditioners can use up to 40% less energy than those made 10 years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The long-term energy savings could offset some of the cost of a replacement.
  • Comfort – Older air conditioners offer great cooling when they are working properly, but they lack some of the latest features that can improve comfort even more, like modern two-stage cooling that adjusts the output of the system, or variable speed blowers that are quieter and can improve comfort and humidity control.
  • Warranty – A manufacturer’s warranty protects your system from defects and provides peace of mind. If your warranty is expired, or near to it, an air conditioner replacement can provide a modern, reliable system with full warranty coverage.

Air Conditioning Replacement & Repair Services

When you need help to decide between air conditioner repairs and replacement, talk to our team at Rick’s Heating & Cooling. Our expert technicians can evaluate your air conditioning system, provide an estimate for the repairs necessary to make it reliable, and help you determine when replacement will be practical and cost-effective based on the system’s condition. We offer quality, professional air conditioner replacement, repair, and maintenance to help with all your cooling needs.

Give us a call at (513) 899-6005 or contact us online to schedule air conditioner services today!