“Nothing lasts forever”, they say. And when it comes to air conditioning systems, there’s some truth to the old adage.
Heating and cooling systems vary in lifespan, but will usually last between 10 and 15 years. And a modern, well-maintained system can provide up to two decades of comfort. But after years of helping you handle heatwaves and coping with chilly winters, one day your AC may need replacing.
So, how do you know when to change your AC? And what should you consider when updating your system?


1. Repair or replace?

If your system isn’t performing as it should be, you may be questioning whether it’s time for something new. But knowing when to repair or replace could save you time and money.

Maintenance is crucial to the health of your air conditioner. Every 12 months, a qualified professional should service your system to keep it in good shape.

In fact, most AC hiccups stem from a lack of upkeep. Cleaning and servicing your unit can save you from avoidable problems and ensures everything is running as it should be.

But if your system is experiencing recurrent issues despite regular maintenance, it could be time to replace it. Frequent repairs and servicing add up quickly! So, it may become more affordable and time-efficient to install a new unit.


2. Does your system fit your needs?

Having cooling and heating available to you is all about comfort. Understanding what you require from your system to feel at ease is an important step to consider before replacing your unit.

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to air conditioning. And the Metro Air team believe that choosing the right air conditioner for your home is crucial. We suggest taking the time to consider what you need.

For example, a split system air conditioner can help make one room or area in your home incredibly comfortable. But if you require the same air conditioning benefits throughout several rooms, a ducted or reverse cycle system may be the solution.

With this in mind, Metro Air is on hand. We offer years of experience and can make the process easy and stress-free.


3. Look closely at your bills 

We get it. Instaling, running and maintaining your air conditioning unit can be costly at times.

So, if you start to notice your bills are rising at an alarming rate despite using your AC the same way, there could be cause for concern.

Rising running costs can be an indicator that your system is experiencing a loss in efficiency and performance. Often, air conditioners appear to be working just fine. However, bills are a handy guide to know how the unit is faring.

Keep in mind that periods of hotter or colder weather could be adding to your usual usage. But if you notice your bills climbing upwards, it could be time to chat with us. 


4. Consider your air 

When you’re thinking about replacing your system, keep in mind the importance of air quality. After all, there’s no place like home and shouldn’t your home have the highest quality air possible? We certainly believe so!


If your air conditioning unit is emitting unusual smells, it could be a sign of a deeper issue. Strange odours can indicate problems with your system’s insulation or ducts. And can even suggest an issue with dirt or mould that can lead to contaminated air. No thanks!

Sometimes, abnormal smells can be sorted by replacing parts. But if the issues persist, it could mean a new system is needed.

Fortunately, modern technology is making new systems better for you than ever before. Some systems, like Panasonic’s nanoe™ X technology, help to purify the air in your home and can inhibit viruses such as COVID-19 as well as allergens and pollens.


5. Talk to the professionals: Metro Air  

When it comes to replacing an air conditioning system, there are many factors involved in your decision. For expert advice, call on Metro Air.

You can rely on our old fashioned customer service and our first-class team of tradespeople to help you find what’s best for you.


We relish the opportunity to provide your home with year-round comfort. Your journey to heavenly heating and complete cooling can start today.