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How Can I Tell When to Replace My Air Conditioner?

Summer is coming, and now is the time to ensure that your air conditioning system is ready for the approaching heat. If your air conditioner doesn’t look like it’s going to make it through another summer, you’re going to want to replace it now, before the days start heating up. Can’t tell whether your air conditioner needs replacing or not? No problem. Read through our list to determine whether or not you need a new air conditioner.

Rise in Electric Bills

The older a system gets, the more worn out it’s going to be from years of use. As an air conditioner nears the end of its life, that wear and tear will become so advanced that it will affect the performance of the system. The air conditioner will have to stay on for a longer and longer period of time, causing a steady rise in operating costs. If your electric bills are steadily rising month to month because of your air conditioner, it’s time to replace it.

Repair Frequency

If the system is not replaced in time, the wear on it will eventually begin to cause parts to break down. As each part wears down at a slightly different rate, what often happens is a kind of slow breakdown, where a different part will fail every few months. If this begins happening to your system, you need to install a new one.


Air conditioners are designed to last 15–20 years with proper care and maintenance. With a bit of luck, a system can live beyond that time frame, but most of them fail before they reach 20. If your system falls into that bracket, especially if it’s experiencing problems like the ones listed above, then it’s time to have it replaced.

If you need a new air conditioner, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We provide air conditioner replacement services throughout the Potomac area.