The Average Lifespan of Air Conditioners & Signs Your System Needs to be Replaced

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We're in the dog days of summer when our air conditioning systems are working overtime. If you haven't taken time to assess your air conditioning system, now may be the time to do it.

We put our air conditioning systems through a lot in the summer months and even though it would be nice, they’re not built to last forever. The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 15-20 years. You can expect a window or wall air conditioner system to last about 10 years. If your system is reaching its peak age, it’s important to inspect your unit to ensure it is operating properly. There are a few signs to watch for that may indicate it’s time to replace your air conditioner.

Stephens Plumbing offers affordable air conditioner repair and replacement services throughout Downers Grove, Naperville, Chicago, and other surrounding areas in Illinois. Contact an HVAC contractor to book a repair or replacement appointment.

It’s important to know about the various signs that indicate it may be time to replace your air conditioner. Here are a few things you'll want to watch for as the heat picks up:

Lack of Cold Air or Your House Taking a Long Time to Cool

The main job of an air conditioning system is to cool down our home. If you notice your system is blowing out room temperature or warm air, instead of the cool air it should be, you may want to have it checked out. This is a sign that your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced. A lack of cool air could also indicate your air conditioner needs a recharge.

Humidity in the Home

Humid conditions are common throughout the Summer season, especially here in the midwest. Besides keeping us cool, air conditioners are also designed to reduce the humidity in our homes. If, after turning on the air conditioning system in your home, you still feel a dampness in the air, you may need to call an HVAC contractor. High humidity levels are a sign that your air conditioner needs to be replaced.

If you are having issues with your air conditioner, contact a specialist at Stephens Plumbing. Our team offers reliable air conditioner maintenance and installation services in Downers Grove, Naperville, Chicago, and various other surrounding areas.

Higher than Normal Energy Bills

Have your energy bills shot up with no apparent change in usage? If your energy bills are increasing, this could be a sign that your air conditioning system is working harder and longer to cool your home. As these systems age, the wear and tear can simply cause the system to be less efficient. Consider replacing your air conditioner with a high-efficiency system which can reduce your energy bills.

High Air Conditioner Repair Costs

When debating on replacing your air conditioner or simply paying to have the problem fixed, there are a few things to factor in. Price is a big factor in whether or not you should repair or replace your system. If the cost to repair is near the cost of replacing the air conditioner, replacement may be the better option. You’ll also want to consider the age of your system and whether a costly repair would be worth the usage time you may have left.

Replacing Your Air Conditioner

If you’ve come to the conclusion that a new air conditioning system is necessary, you may want to think of replacing your system with a high-efficiency one. A high-efficiency air conditioning system can significantly lower your future energy costs. We offer dependable air conditioner repair and replacement services for homes throughout Illinois.

If you’re in need of a new air conditioning system, we can help. With many affordable options, we’ll be sure to have you back up and running quickly and efficiently. Contact us to schedule an appointment!