Everything has an expiration date, including your AC unit. However, it may be difficult to know whether you should go through a repair or replace the unit when you experience a problem. Here are some warning signs that you need an air conditioner replacement.


Your AC unit isn’t supposed to have water coming out of it. If you notice little puddles of water under your AC, there’s a leak. Sometimes, the leak could be refrigerant. A refrigerant leak is potentially dangerous to your family’s health, so you can’t take the risk. Call a professional air conditioning company to get a new unit right away.

Warm Air

If you put your hand by the AC and notice that the air doesn’t feel cold, you’re wasting money running it. After all, there’s no point in an air conditioner if it’s not blowing cold air. First, make sure that the filter doesn’t need to be changed or cleaned. If it’s not the filter, double check that the temperature is set correctly. If the air is still warm, you’re going to need a new unit.

High Energy Bills

Are your utility bills getting higher and higher every year? This can mean that your air conditioner just isn’t as efficient as it used to be. With time, any air conditioner is going to depreciate in effectiveness. At a certain point, running the AC isn’t even worth it anymore. Be sure to get an Energy Star unit as your next air conditioner. You’ll really save on your utilities and do your part for the planet.


An air conditioner generally lasts 15-20 years if properly maintained. Of course, that varies depending on the unit and how it’s cared for. Do you remember when you bought the unit? If not, it’s probably time for a new one.

The friendly staff at Smith & Willis Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the right new unit for your property. We provide heating and cooling installation for residents throughout Commerce City, CO. Contact us today to learn more.

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