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Repair or Replace: What to Do When Your AC Unit Stops Working

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Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioning Unit?

Have you ever found yourself in the scenario where your AC unit at home suddenly stops working? It is very likely you have experienced this personally or at least know someone who this happened too. When your HVAC unit stops working immediately the question that comes to mind most frequently is, “is this something I can have repaired or is it time to replace my unit all together?”

There are pros and cons to each option, but the best tool you have in your proverbial tool belt is to have a trusted Clearwater AC company on your side, like Mason Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.

When it comes to deciding whether or not you should repair or replace your unit, you need to look at your individual system to determine the best approach. There are a lot of factors that go into determining which option is best for your situation. For example, while repairing usually costs less upfront then paying for a new unit, it may not always be the best option in the long run.

Here are a few things to consider when faced with the decision to have your HVAC repaired replaced if it is acting up or stops working.

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The Age of the AC Unit: Age is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether you should repair or replace your air conditioning unit. According to the Department of Energy, the average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is between 15-20 years. That said, as a rule of thumb, if your unit is older than 10 years old you should weigh the cost benefits of replacing it with a more efficient unit rather than putting money into a dated older model.

Energy Efficiency: As touched on above, oftentimes a new unit will actually save you money due to increased energy efficiency capabilities. You can actually save money monthly on your cooling and heating costs simply by choosing to upgrade to a newer model. So, the question is “how energy efficient is your current unit?”

Repair Cost vs Replacement Cost: Of course, one of the biggest factors in deciding between repairing and replacing the ac system all comes down to cost. Getting a quote from a reputable HVAC company for repairs and replacement will help you see both costs and decide from there based on your budget and needs which is best for you.

There is no denying it, the decision to repair or replace your AC unit can be complicated. Every person’s situation and circumstances are different and at Mason Air Conditioning and Heating, the technicians respect that fact and do everything in their power to make the decision easier on you and your wallet. We pride ourselves on helping you make an informed decision on the matter while understanding the costs and benefits associated with repairing or replacing your HVAC unit.

If your AC system breaks down, it does not necessarily mean you will need a new HVAC. Having a licensed, highly qualified technician to diagnose your AC issue will ensure you are getting the best advice to make an informed decision. If you have questions about your HVAC system and whether or not you are in need of a repair or replacement call 727-433-9853 or schedule an appointment online and one of the trained technicians at Mason Air Conditioning & Heating will evaluate your AC unit and provide you with a professional recommendation.

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