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When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioners can last quite a long time, with prompt repairs and maintenance. Sooner or later, though, time and age will catch up to them. If your air conditioner is too old and worn out to get you through another summer, you should replace it now. Otherwise, you might be in for a nasty surprise when it dies on you when you need it most. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you should replace your air conditioner right now, before summer really gets into full swing.

Higher Bills

Your air conditioning bills are naturally going to rise and fall with how much you use the system, as with any system. However, the older an air conditioner gets, the more it will wear down. This will cause a drop in efficiency over time, which the system will have to operate for longer to compensate for. The longer the system operates, the more it’s going to cost. If your air conditioning bills seem to be steadily rising without an apparent cause, you may need a new system.

Repairs Increase

Eventually, the wear and tear on the system will become so great that parts of it will start failing, typically in rapid succession. Even new air conditioners need the odd repair here and there. Usually, though, they’re spaced years apart. If you need to repair your air conditioner every few months, it’s time to get a new system.


Air conditioners that are older than 20 years are far more likely to have problems like those listed above. Once a system reaches that age, it becomes far more cost effective to install a new one than to keep paying to keep the old one up and running.

Douglas Cooling & Heating offers comprehensive air conditioner installation services throughout Birmingham, AL.

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