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When to Replace Your Air Cooler

Last updated April. 14, 2021

Your evaporative air cooler will be your best friend when the summer hits hard. In some places, it is medically unsafe to stay in a room without air cooling for an hour or more during the peak heat period of the day.

Having a fully functional air cooler is, therefore, a necessity. Like other appliances we use around the home, air coolers are bound to develop issues.

No matter how well you use your air cooler and maintain it, a time will come that it will need to be replaced. When the time comes, regular repairs will no longer be the right thing to do.

When to Replace Your Air Cooler?

Most times, when air coolers fail, it is possible to repair them and start enjoying the benefits they bring once again. If you call in the right technicians, they can always know the right thing to do to get your machine working again.

However, a time will come when repairing the machine will not be the best decision for you.

Signs that Your Air Cooler Needs Replacement

We can’t specifically state how long an air cooler will serve before needing replacement.

However, there are signs we can see and conclude that it is better to replace an air cooler than to repair it. Here are clear signs that your machine needs replacement:


The Machine Has Outlived its Lifespan and Started Causing Problems

A good quality air cooler should be able to serve you for 15 years or more. Some can’t last that long. Some manufacturers indicate the possible lifespan of their machines.

If you have an air cooler unit that has served you for several years and has recently started causing you lots of troubles, it is advisable to get rid of it and buy a new one. They are now very affordable in most places and quite easy to install and maintain.

The Machine Has Significant Deterioration 

If you have an air cooler that has significantly deteriorated to the extent that you can feel the deterioration, it will be best to replace it as soon as possible.

Signs of deterioration include rust, water leakage, and visible wear. If your machine has deteriorated significantly and looks really bad, consider changing it.

The Air Cooler is No Longer Energy-Efficient 

Air coolers are known to be energy-efficient. In fact, that is their major selling point. If you have an air cooler that used to be energy-efficient but has suddenly started to consume too much electricity, then it will be a good idea to have it changed.

You can try to get your technicians to fix the issue, but if the machine continues to consume too much energy, you will need to replace it to save money.

The Air Cooler Blows out Warm Air Even after Repairs and Maintenance

Air coolers are expected to blow out cool, moist air. If your old machine is blowing out warm air instead, even when there is adequate water in the water tank, and you maintain it properly, then there is a big issue.

You can call in the technicians to look at the machine, but if it is still blowing hot air after a repair or maintenance schedule, then you may need a new one.

The Airflow Is No Longer Enough To Keep the Space Cool

Airflow is one of the important factors that determine how efficiently an air cooler will be able to cool your home or office.

If the airflow is no longer enough to cool the space, then there may be a serious problem. If the issue is not fixed by regular maintenance or repairs, then you need a new air cooler.

The Air Cooler is Leaking Water

Your air cooler uses water to drive the evaporative cooling process. A leaking machine is a big problem that you must address immediately.

You can fix a leaking problem, but if your technician suggests that you get a new machine because of water leakage, then you should take the advice seriously and replace the machine.


The Machine Makes Annoying Sound during Operation

Air coolers are also loved for their quiet operation, which is great when you are working on an important project or trying to have a peaceful night's rest. However, if your machine starts making an annoying sound that wouldn't go away even after repairs and maintenance, then you should replace it.

Noise from an air cooler is always an indication of a major problem, and addressing it promptly is important.

The Air Cooler Emits Unpleasant Smell during Operation

It is also not proper for an air cooler to emit any unpleasant odors during operation. An unpleasant smell is always an indication of microbial growth inside the machine, and it poses serious health dangers.

If proper maintenance does not solve the problem, then the machine has to be dropped to save your health.

The Air Cooler Needs Repairs Every Now And Then

Regular maintenance will reduce how often you need to repair your air cooler. When your machine starts needing repair every now and then, it can be an indication that it is getting too weak to be useful again.

It doesn’t make real economic sense to spend every now and then to fix an air cooler when you can easily buy a new and better one.

Cost of Repair and Maintenance Is Higher Than Cost of Installing A New Air Cooler

If the cost of repairing your air cooler is slowly adding up to be higher than the cost of buying and installing a new one, then there is no sense in repairing it further.

Just buy a new one to save money and enjoy peace of mind in a properly cooled home, office, or commercial property.

The Machine Could Not Be Repaired By the Technician

An air cooler can break down beyond repairs. Ideally, this should only happen when the machine has outlived its lifespan, but a lack of maintenance can also cause this.

When it happens, do not stress yourself further. Just get a new air cooler to keep your home or any other important place cool.



Air coolers are affordable machines that provide lots of value for owners. At a point, you will need to replace your air cooler.

When you notice any of the signs discussed above, it may be time to change your machine. You can also seek expert opinion before ditching your air cooler for a new one.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be pleased to help you.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.