It’s not difficult to tell when your air conditioning system is in need of repairs. If it doesn’t work or is not keeping your San Bernardino home cool, you know to call Total Care Heating and Air for quality AC service.

But what might be more difficult to detect is when it is time to put your old AC unit to rest and purchase a new one. It’s not like there is an expiration date tagged on the back of it.

Some people think there are signs that they need a new air conditioning unit, but think maybe they can get through another summer or two before actually making the call.

There are signs that will tell you when it is time to consider getting a new air conditioner, here are a few.


Just like furnaces, cars and roofs, your air conditioner was not built to last forever. If you get 20 years out of your air conditioner, it has served you very well.

If your air conditioning unit is over 10 years old, it is time to start thinking about getting a new one. The average lifespan for air conditioners in 15 to 20 years, but Energy Star advises that you replace units that are older than 10 years as they are not as efficient as newer models.

And if you have an older air conditioning unit that uses R-22 refrigerant, you really need to consider having it replaced as soon as you can.

Too Many Repairs

If you are calling us every year because something is wrong with your air conditioning unit, that is a sign you should start thinking about having it replaced. Think about not just the money you are spending on these repairs, but the inconvenience you suffer whenever your AC conks out and you have to have it fixed.

A new air conditioning unit gives you peace of mind because you know it will perform well and not need to be repaired every year.

High Energy Bills

If you have discovered that your cooling bills have gone up sharply, it could be because your old, inefficient air conditioner needs to be replaced.

Buying a new air conditioner will save you money in lower utility bills. It is well worth it in the long run.
Expensive Repairs

If your air conditioning unit is on the brink and it will take over $1,000 to fix it, you might want to think about just having it replaced. This is especially true if the unit is over 10 years old. The rattles and rumbling noises that a motor makes when it is about to go is a good example of an expensive repair that might have you considering a whole new unit.

If your air conditioning unit is dying and you need a new one, you have plenty to look forward to. New air conditioning units are more efficient and you will remain more comfortable while paying less to run it. Contact Total Care Heating and Air today.