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

With summer coming up, we all want to be prepared in case the AC breaks down. To minimize the amount of time spent sitting in uncomfortable heat, it helps to know when it’s better to fix the broken unit or replace it entirely. This can be a difficult call to make. That’s why it pays to be aware of the following factors which determine which choice is a better fit for your situation:

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

The Big Question

Reasons to Repair

– You are on a tight budget
– The repairs pass the ‘$5,000 test’ (which is where you fix a unit if the repair quote multiplied by the age of the unit in years is less than 5000)

Reasons to Replace

– The unit is over 10 years old*
– Your system depends on the outdated (and now illegal) coolant Freon
– You want a more energy-efficient unit

*NOTE: the average lifespan of an AC unit is 10-15 years

These rules of thumb work best when you talk them over with a professional. So, if you’re in the Greater Phoenix area and are in need of help, then call A Quality at 623-853-1482 any time day or night.

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