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During the cooling season, arriving home to a scorching hot house means one very frustrating fact; your air conditioner has stopped working. Unfortunately, when your unit is on the older side, it may also indicate that it’s time to start shopping for a new system. While avoiding a complete breakdown isn’t always possible, there are signs that can help you determine when your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life. If you’re not sure what to look for, don’t worry, we’ve created a list of symptoms that suggest your system is on its way out.


Your air conditioner’s age plays a huge part in whether or not your system needs replacing. Most units have a life span of 12 to 15 years. However, improper maintenance can end-up shortening your appliance’s life expectancy. On the other hand, routine maintenance, such as a yearly tune-up from an HVAC specialist can increase the years that your air conditioner is in use. If your system is on the older side, you may want to start shopping around for a new air conditioner now, instead of waiting for your unit to break down.

Noisy Operation

While a loud air conditioner can indicate a number of malfunctions, it can also signal that your system is about to die, especially if you’ve had your unit for 12 years or more. Grinding and loud banging sounds are particularly concerning and often announce a serious malfunction.

Increased Energy Cost

While a drastic increase in your energy bill most definitely reveals an issue with your air conditioner, a slow but steady upward trend also suggests that your system is on the decline. Once again, if your system is older and your energy bills are starting to get out of hand, it’s time to consider replacing your unit.

A Need for Constant Repairs

If your air conditioner needs one repair after another, you’re probably spending too much money and would benefit from investing in a new system. While the money spent on a new unit may seem daunting at first, it’s important to remember that you’ll be saving money on repairs in the long run.

If you’re worried your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life, but aren’t quite sure if it’s time to give-up on the unit, please contact us and we will inspect the system before you make a final decision.

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