3 Ways to Evaluate Whether You Need to Replace Your Air Conditioner

With summer fast approaching, now is the time of year when homeowners start to get their air conditioning systems ready for the season. There comes a time with every air conditioning system, however, when maintenance and repairs simply aren’t enough and become cost prohibitive. At that time, the only thing left to do is replace your air conditioning system. As this is the perfect time for new air conditioning installation, you should take a hard look at whether your current air conditioning can make it through another year. Here are three ways to tell whether or not you need to replace your system.


If you have kept your system in pretty good operating condition over the years with regular maintenance, you probably have a good idea of how much it costs to operate it from month-to-month. If you notice that costs start to increase over the course of a few months, it may mean that your system is wearing out. The wear and tear that all systems accumulate over their lifetimes will eventually cause yours to steadily decrease in efficiency. That forces it to operate for longer to achieve the same results, which costs you more money.


Another good way to tell whether or not you need to replace your air conditioning is to keep track of how often it needs repairs. Normally, you should not need to have your system repaired more than once a year; however, older systems have much more worn out parts which are liable to fail much more often. If you need to have your air conditioning repaired every few months, it is a good sign that it is ready to be replaced.


The average lifespan for an air conditioning system is between 14 and 17 years. It is possible for an air conditioning to operate well past that point but oftentimes the problems that begin to occur at that age are enough to warrant a new system. If your air conditioning is older than 15 years, you may want to consult a professional about replacing it.

McIntire HVAC offers FREE estimates for system replacements. Call or email us to schedule an appointment! 240-527-5945 or s.mcintire@mcintirehvac.com.