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Signs That You Desperately Need a New AC!

Feb 26, 2018

Air-ConditionerIt may be in the low-to-mid 50’s now, but soon the weather is going to start heating up as we move into summer. Before things get too warm, you’re definitely going to want to make sure that your home is prepared for the summer season. That means getting your air conditioning situation in order.

Now, typically preventive maintenance is sufficient to make sure that your air conditioner can cope with whatever you demand of it. However, eventually there is going to come a time when your system isn’t able to get you through another season. That’s when you need to consult with a professional about replacing your air conditioner with a new one. Have a look below at some of the signs that you should really replace your system before summer arrives.

Constant Repairs

If your air conditioner breaks down every once in a while, it’s not a big deal. Things happen, and even with consistent maintenance you can expect the system to need repairs of some sort every few years. You should start becoming concerned if your air conditioner needs to be repaired multiple times a year, though. That level of frequency with breakdowns probably means that the system is on its last legs, as the parts inside it begin to succumb to old age and wear. Paying repair costs that often to keep the system up and running is not a good idea. It’s far more cost effective in the long run to just install a new system.

Expensive Monthly Bills

If your monthly bills are costing more than you think they should, you might want to have your air conditioner professionally examined. Before parts of the air conditioner start breaking down due to wear and tear, they will often start to noticeably lose efficiency. As the system’s cooling ability declines, it will operate for longer periods of time in an attempt to compensate. This will drive up your monthly cooling costs. Consult with a professional to help determine whether this is something that can be mitigated, or whether you would be better served by just installing a new system entirely.


The average air conditioner lasts between 10-15 years, depending on individual circumstances. Once the system gets older than that, it will tend to develop an ever-lengthening list of issues that cause it to drop in cost-effectiveness. As the system goes downhill, it will become more and more expensive to keep running. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, you should definitely talk to a technician about options for installing a new system. You might be able to get another year or two out of it, but it would probably be much better for you in the long run to just install an entirely new air conditioner.

Desert Suns Heating & Cooling Inc. offers a full range of air conditioning installation services in Albuquerque, NM. If you need a new air conditioner installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.

Categories: Air Conditioning