How to Determine if it’s Time to Retire Your A/C

It happens to all of us. Maybe it’s the day after playing a pickup basketball game for the first time in years. Or it could be at the end of a long day of yard work. The aches and pains make you say, “Gosh I feel old.” There are two things we know about the aging process, it happens to everyone, and we can’t stop it.
It’s no different for your air conditioner, except it doesn’t ”feel” old and it can’t tell you when it’s hurting. So, how can you really tell if yours is outdated and it’s time for an air conditioning replacement? Your friends at Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating can handle the entire process from helping you make the correct decision, to installing a new HVAC system in your Redlands home.  We aren’t going to tell you it’s an exact science, but here are some of the factors you need to consider to help determine if your old A/C is ready for the HVAC graveyard:

More than 10 years old

It’s always risky to pick some magic number to say someone or something is old, but the number 10 is not arbitrary. A well-maintained air conditioner should last 15 years, but the simple truth is many people have ignored maintenance. Take an honest look at your compressor. Does it pass the visual inspection? If the cooling fins are damaged, there are signs of corrosion, or it just looks beat up, there’s a pretty good chance you should be thinking about a possible replacement.


New air conditioners are required to have a minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 13. Again, that’s the least efficient model you can buy. Sanborn’s has many models with a higher efficiency rating. If your current unit has a lower rating, you are wasting energy and money every month. If you don’t know the SEER rating of your current air conditioner, call Sanborn’s and we can help.

Repeated and/or expensive repairs

We’ve all faced decisions like this, spend money on repairs or invest in a new model? Sanborn’s can’t make the decision for you, but we will explain every option to you. Our expert technicians will help you crunch the numbers and answer every question you have to the best of their abilities.

R-22 Freon™

This refrigerant is being phased out to protect the environment. Because the supply is now limited, the cost is skyrocketing. If your current air conditioner uses R-22, you will likely be forced to replace it after the ban goes into effect in 2020. If you are having to add Freon™, it might make more sense just to replace it now.

In any of the above situations, some of the symptoms you are likely to notice include high energy bills, an air conditioner running constantly, the temperature never keeps up with the thermostat setting, or you’re hearing strange noises. Any or all of them could mean your Redlands home is in need of a heating and air conditioning update. Let Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating help you determine what is the best option for you.