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How Long Does an Air Conditioner Last?


Air conditioners can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years depending on the brand, installation, and level of maintenance. Once the system is a decade old, you should be on the lookout for signs that it’s time for an upgrade. It’s always best to proactively schedule air conditioner replacement, than wait for it to completely breakdown.

4 Signs Your AC is Too Old:

1. Not Producing Cold Air
There are a few reasons the AC isn’t producing cold air including low refrigerant or a broken compressor. Either way, if the unit is older, it will make more financial sense to replace the unit than try to repair it. It’s also important to note that if the unit is using R22 refrigerant and it is low, it will need to be replaced. This refrigerant hasn’t been used in the production of new machines since 2007 and we’re not able to recharge them if you have a leak.

2. Moisture Around the System
It’s normal to have a bit of condensation around the unit, but a lot of moisture is a sign of a larger problem and if it’s a coolant leak, it poses a significant safety hazard. Don’t ignore liquid pooling around the system, always turn it off and call a certified cooling technician.

3. New Sounds
When the AC is running it should be fairly quiet. Any new sounds, such as clanging or banging could reflect a serious issue with the inner mechanics of the cooling system. Depending on the cause of the issue, it could be more affordable to schedule AC replacement than trying to find and fix the source of the problem.

4. Requires More Repairs
When the air conditioner is out of warranty, you’ll be required to pay for the cost of all replacement parts and those expenses can add up quickly. If your system is over 10 years old, take a look at how much you’ve spent on repairs the last few years and you might find that you’re putting more money into the system than what it’s worth.

If you have any questions about your air conditioner, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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