When Is the Best Time for Air Conditioner Replacement?

If you’ve had your AC for a long time, chances are replacement has been considered or will be soon. Many people are tempted to consider their purchase as the temperatures start climbing. However, this might not be the best strategy. Here, we’ll look at when you should consider air conditioning replacement.

Consider AC Replacement in the Fall or Spring

In the summer, prices are high and HVAC companies are busy fixing air conditioners that break down in the heat. They’re also busy servicing heating systems in the winter. Therefore, late September to mid-November, and early March to mid-May is the best time to replace your air conditioner.

The amount of time does depend on your location. In the Northeast, the spring tends to last longer than in the south, so you might have more time for HVAC replacement before the summer heat kicks in. On the other hand, if you live in California or Florida, there may be more time in the fall as temperatures tend to back off more slowly.

In the fall and spring, you may benefit from air conditioning replacement with somewhat lower expenses and shorter wait times. The HVAC industry tends to be slower when there aren’t extreme temperatures. You may therefore find lower prices and extra discounts from contractors and suppliers during these times.

Your HVAC System Is More Than 10-15 Years Old

Age isn’t the only factor; even a 10+ year old air conditioner may work well most of the time. But if there are issues, replacing it now can avoid dealing with a breakdown during a summer heat wave. Giving yourself time near the end of your HVAC system’s lifespan can give you bargaining power and a wider range of options.

One consideration is the system to buy. There are many options, so you can determine whether a central air conditioning system is meeting your needs, or you can save with a window air conditioner. If you need cooling for more than one room, a ductless mini-split saves space and allows for climate control in individual rooms.

Other signs it’s time for air conditioning replacement include:

  • The unit requires expensive repairs.
  • You’re frequently calling a contractor to fix the system.
  • A lot of noise is produced with normal use.
  • Your home is increasingly more humid.
  • Heating and cooling performance is inconsistent.
  • There’s a lot of dust in your home.
  • Energy bills are rising unexpectedly.

The Cost of HVAC Replacement

Another reason to plan for air conditioning replacement is you can prepare financially. The cost of AC replacement varies considerably, but it’s an investment with long-term benefits. Price factors include the physical components of your air conditioner as well as electrical costs, permits, condensate drainage, and potential modifications to ductwork. System capacity is another variable. Planning ahead gives a contractor time to perform a load calculation to determine the best sized system, which will save via efficiency and reduced repair costs.

If you install a variable-speed air conditioner or other high efficiency system, expect to spend more upfront. Labor and other fees charged by HVAC contractors can make up a significant portion of the overall replacement cost. Take the time to research what different companies charge and whether you qualify for tax credits and/or rebates to save. It’s also important to note that costs change due to inflation, the price of materials, new innovations, and product updates meet the latest standards.

Black Hills, Inc. Can Help with Air Conditioning Replacement

We’ve been providing HVAC services in the Olympia area since 1993. Licensed and bonded, our company handles every aspect of AC replacement. If it’s time for a new system, we guarantee flat-rate pricing and will fully evaluate your home to install the best one possible. Our customers always come first so you can expect honest and thorough service, plus we stand by our work with a 100% guarantee. To schedule an in-home appointment and learn more about our maintenance plans and financing options, call 360-822-9659 today!