Is It Time to Upgrade Your Air Conditioner Before Summer?

Assuming you take perfect care of your air conditioning system (I.E. regular maintenance and prompt repairs) you can make it last 15-20 years on average. That’s a pretty respectable number, but sooner or later that system is going to need to be replaced. Before summer rolls around, you should have a look at your air conditioner and determine whether or not it’s a good idea to upgrade. If you’re still on the fence over whether or not you should upgrade your air conditioner, have a look at some of the benefits below.


Greater Efficiency

The one great enemy of pretty much every mechanical system is wear and tear. The slow downward spiral of the universe eventually claims air conditioners, just as it claims stars and planets. As an air conditioner gets closer to the end of its natural lifespan, the efficiency of the system begins to decline. The decline of the system efficiency forces it to operate for longer, which leads to higher monthly bills for you. Upgrading your air conditioner will set you up with a system without any wear and tear, which automatically makes it more energy efficient than the system you’re using right now.

Fewer Repairs

The same wear and tear that contributes to the loss of efficiency for your air conditioner also contributes higher repair needs. All air conditioners need repairs every once in a while, but the vast majority of air conditioners only need one repair every couple of years. Older air conditioners are so worn out that many of their parts will fail much more easily than other systems. Oftentimes, they will. As the parts begin to fail in groups, the frequency and cost of repairs for the air conditioner will skyrocket. If you need to repair your air conditioner multiple times a year, especially if it’s a different part that needs repairs each time, you almost certainly need to upgrade the system. Upgrading your air conditioner will reset the clock, so to speak. You’re still going to need to repair the air conditioner every once in a while, but the overall cost of repairs will decline significantly.

Longer Lifespan

Like we said at the beginning of this post, the average lifespan of an air conditioner is going to be around 15-20 years max. Under normal circumstances, the more common time frame is 10-15 years. At some point, no matter what, you are going to need to replace your air conditioner. If it falls within that age range, you might as well replace it now. It’s not just that you should upgrade an old air conditioner just because it’s old, of course. The reason you need to upgrade your air conditioner once it reaches a certain age is that it will develop more and more problems as it gets older. A new air conditioner is much more cost effective than running an air conditioner that’s older than 15 years.

Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers air conditioning replacement services in Alexandria, VA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.