When to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

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When you start to notice your air conditioning unit acting up, it can be difficult to determine whether it’s in your best interest to pay for repairs on the current unit or whether you should upgrade it all together. Below is a list of factors to consider when thinking about if you should replace your air conditioning unit.


The average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is anywhere from 10 to 15 years. This span can change depending on a number of factors including how often it’s used, the climate you live in, and how well it’s maintained. Typically, by the time your air conditioning unit is reaching its 10-year mark, you will begin to notice the signs of wear and tear. Once you reach this point, it might be in your best interest to look into replacing the unit.

Energy Bills

As the unit ages, it will have to start working harder to produce the same level of output; this will decrease the air conditioning unit’s energy efficiency while also increasing the cost of running the unit. Because it won’t function at normal efficiency levels, it will have to run longer to cool your home to the temperature you desire. If you begin to notice unusual spikes in your energy bills, your outdated air conditioning unit could be the reason. At this time, you should call an air conditioning expert to get their recommendation on whether you should repair the unit or replace it.


Another factor you should keep in mind when thinking about replacing your air conditioning unit is how much money you have spent on repairs. There is a standard amount you should spend yearly on seasonal and preventative maintenance, but if you find yourself paying for repairs every year or every few months, then you should consider purchasing a new unit.

If you are experiencing problems with your air conditioning unit and are considering getting a replacement, you should reach out to a professional for a consultation. At Rawhide Electric Services we provide top of the line installations, repairs and maintenance services for all kinds of heating and cooling units. Call us today or contact us through our website for more information!