We’re out of summer and into fall. Officially, that is, though the weather may not agree. Most people are thinking about what they need to do to get their homes ready for the heating season, which is a smart thing to consider. However, you might also want to take a look back and consider whether it’s a good idea to install a new air conditioner in the next few weeks. Sure, you may not be using it as often as you will next July. But, there is a case to be made that it’s easier to replace an old system now than to wait until next summer.
Installing an air conditioner right at the same time as everybody else is going to be more expensive than installing one in the off-season. As demand for professional air conditioner installation goes up (don’t even think about installing one of these on your own) the price will rise as well. Air conditioners are big investments, and obviously you want to spend whatever is necessary to make sure that your new AC lasts as long as possible. That doesn’t mean that you should pay peak season prices if you don’t have to, though. If your current air conditioner isn’t up to getting you through another season, best replace it now.
HVAC contracting companies tend to be fairly small, even if they’re successful. That means that there’s a limited number of technicians available at any given time, and all of them are busy during the summer and winter seasons. Installing a new climate control system during these times means waiting longer, sometimes weeks, for a contractor to have the time to take care of it for you. You don’t want to be stuck without an air conditioning system in the middle of a heat wave because your contractor has 20 other systems to install before they get to yours. If you have it done now, though, you likely won’t have to worry about long wait times.
Do You Need to Replace It?
Now, you might find yourself saying “that’s all well and good, but I don’t know if I need to even replace my air conditioner.” Well, there are a couple of easy ways to tell whether or not you need to. Do you need to repair your air conditioner every year, or even multiple times a year? That’s a good sign that you need to replace the system. What about monthly bills? Does your air conditioner seem to be costing gradually more and more to operate every month? While that is to be expected if you’re using the system significantly more often than you normally do, an unexplained rise in monthly bills might also be an indication that the air conditioner is in need of replacement. You should also consider replacing your air conditioner if it’s older than 15 years, as that is often when systems become cost-ineffective to keep maintaining. Contact a professional for a consultation, just to be sure.