How to Tell if You Need a New Air Conditioner

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Summer is almost here, and that means that it’s time to make sure that your air conditioner is properly prepared for the added stress. For some people, though, their air conditioners simply won’t be able to survive another season. If you’re worried that your air conditioner is getting near the end of its life, read on for some warning signs.

Rising Bills

The older a system gets, the more worn out it gets. The mounting wear and tear causes a steady decline in efficiency towards the end of a system’s life. In order to compensate, the system will have to stay on for longer and longer periods of time. This causes your monthly bills to rise sharply. If your air conditioning costs seem to be rising for no reason, you may need a new system.


Barring some freak occurrences, air conditioning systems shouldn’t need repairs more than a handful of times in their lives. The closer an air conditioner gets to the end of its life, though, the more repairs it’s going to need. The wear and tear on the system will eventually cause groups of parts in it to fail, resulting in a spike in repair needs. If you need to repair your air conditioner more than once a year, you should give serious thought to replacing it.


Air conditioning systems are typically manufactured to last around 25 years. Past that point, they become so worn down that they start to develop problems like those listed above. You can keep an older air conditioner operating, if you want to spend the money for it. It’s far cheaper in the long run to install a new system, though.

Bell Plumbing and Heating offers comprehensive air conditioner installation services throughout Denver, CO. Call today for an appointment.

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