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How Often Do Air Conditioners Need to Be Replaced?

Air conditioners are sturdy systems, and they can last a long time with proper maintenance. Unfortunately, they cannot last forever. A lot of homeowners know that there will come a time when they have to replace their air conditioner, but they aren’t sure when that time will be. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you may need to replace your air conditioner.

System Age

Even if your air conditioner has no other problems, once it gets past a certain age it won’t be able to perform as well as it once did. This decline in efficiency, coupled with the increased likelihood of other issues cropping up, makes replacing your air conditioner a much more cost effective option than keeping it running. Most air conditioners should probably be replaced after around 20 years.

Excessive Repairs

Deciding whether or not to keep your air conditioner running is a cost/benefit analysis. Most of the time, the cool air your air conditioning system provides is well worth the cost of operating it. In older air conditioners, though, the cost of repairs starts to unbalance that equation. The cost of repairs grows higher as a system ages for two reasons: the cost of replacing older parts and the frequency that those parts break. If your air conditioner breaks down a lot, you should replace it.

Drop in Energy Efficiency

Wear and tear is the big factor in all of this, the result of years and years of normal use. One of the first warnings that the wear on your system is reaching dangerous levels is that your monthly bills rise. If your bills are rising but you aren’t using your air conditioner any more than normal, it means your system might need to be replaced.

Call SPS Mechanical today for air conditioner services. We serve all of Haddonfield, NJ.

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