The Best Time To Buy An Air Conditioner
This is one of our favorite questions; we receive it a lot. And we know we’re not the only HVAC company that gets it frequently. If you do a Google search, you’ll find a variety of articles written on this subject:
- Why You Shouldn’t Buy An Air Conditioner In The Summer
- Why You Shouldn’t Buy An Air Conditioner In The Winter
- Why You Should Never Buy An Air Conditioner In The Off Season
The advice is enough to leave you frazzled. Because if you shouldn’t buy a new air conditioner in the summer or winter, or in the off-season (which would be spring and fall), when should you buy it?
The real key isn’t based on timing. Instead, it’s based on need. And getting the best price.
If your furnace goes out in the winter – when you use your furnace the most – a technician may determine that your furnace has little useful life left. Repair would be costly, possibly even leaving you vulnerable to more repairs in the near future. Your best course of action is to replace your furnace with more reliable, energy efficient equipment.
When you replace your furnace, it’s inevitably easier to replace your air conditioning equipment right along with it. And in fact, it can save you considerable cost by doing it at the same time. If your air conditioner is the same age as your furnace, it just makes sense to have a fresh start to your heating and cooling needs. In many cases, you can find your best deals for air conditioners in the winter months.
Being pre-emptive is the key. When you have your regular annual service, your technician will advise you on the condition of your equipment. At some point, your technician will start letting you know it’s getting to the end of its life; this is when you should start looking to replace. Getting your equipment replaced on your schedule will allow you to make an educated decision and not be rushed; so you can get the equipment that will be more energy efficient and save you on your heating and cooling costs for the foreseeable future.
The same applies in the summer.
After all, if you (and most of the other homeowners around you) aren’t using their HVAC equipment because of nice weather, there are fewer calls for service work on the equipment. Meaning you’ll get quicker service and the chance to explore your options without a dire need to make a decision.
So when is the best time to buy a new air conditioner? The answer is when it benefits you the most.
Is it time to upgrade your air conditioner?