In the United States, most households use air conditioners. As with all electronics, the repair and maintenance of an air conditioner are essential. Here, you will learn when is the best time to replace your air conditioner as opposed to having it repaired. 

Age of Your AC System

The Energy Department predicts that an air conditioner can last up to 15-20 years. With a favorable climate, your AC system will last longer. For example, if you live in cool climatic conditions or cold areas, you are likely to use less of the AC unit, making it last as long as predicted.

In hot and warm areas, the life span of the air conditioner is reduced drastically. The lifespan reduces since the system is used throughout the year and is susceptible to wear and tear. In such climatic conditions, expect your AC system to wear out sooner.

AC Unit Maintenance

Another consideration you should factor in is the frequency of maintaining your air conditioner. Get your unit checked at least once a year—the frequency of checkups helps you avoid costly repairs.

Where the AC unit isn't checked yearly, replacement is the best option. It is likely that its filters have clogged up and caused irreparable damage. AC filters exposed to wind, dust, and debris must be cleaned regularly.

Overworked AC System

Your air conditioner relies on capacitors to start its motors. Due to the level of electricity that goes through the AC system, it is likely that the capacitors will eventually overheat. In this case, the damage caused may warrant a new air conditioner.

Capacitors in the air conditioner regulate electricity flow in the unit. Overuse may cause them to clog and prevent the unit from working as it should. Clicking sounds when the AC unit is starting is a sign that you should change the capacitors.


You should be curious when you notice your monthly utility bills are increasing. If you haven't changed or introduced new gadgets, but the utility bills keep rising, check your air conditioner. More often than not, your AC unit's efficiency goes down due to clogging. The system works harder to supply warm or cool air throughout your home; this can increase your energy bills.

Apart from rising energy bills, you may also incur other costs associated with your AC system. Frequent repairs are indicative of the need to replace your air conditioner. Though repairs are part of maintenance, if you find you are almost always engaged in repairing your AC unit, then it is time to invest in a new one. 

Contact a local AC service to learn more.