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Signs That You Need to Replace Your Air Conditioner

We’re beginning to move into the summer season, and that means using your air conditioner more often for the next few months. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to die halfway through the summer, leaving you without any cool air until you can find a replacement. If you’re going to replace your air conditioner it’s a good idea to do it now.

How can you tell when it’s time for a new air conditioner? Read on to find out.

Wear and Tear

No matter how well you take care of your air conditioner, there isn’t anything you can do to prevent the wear and tear that comes from normal use. Eventually, this wear and tear will cause the efficiency of the air conditioner to decline to the point where it has to stay on for longer and longer periods of time. This increased time will result in higher operating costs just to achieve the same output. When this happens, it’s a good idea to replace the system.


Every air conditioner is going to need repairs on occasion, but normally not more than once every couple of years. In an old system, though, parts often fail in groups. If you need to have a different part in your system repaired or replaced every few months, it probably means that the whole system needs replacement.


No two systems are exactly the same in terms of lifespan, but it’s pretty safe to estimate that an air conditioner will last up to 20 years. Past that, the decrease in efficiency is just too great to justify keeping it. If your air conditioning system is more than a couple of decades old, you have already gotten a great return on investment out of it. It’s time to replace it with a more efficient system.

If you need a new air conditioner, call Sound Heating. We install new air conditioners throughout Tacoma, WA

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