As your air conditioner ages, it may become less efficient yet still provide enough cooling to justify the decision to keep it. But planning for AC replacement has many benefits. You can avoid more repairs, emergency service fees, or higher utility bills. As summer starts to wind down, the question is when to invest in AC replacement and installation and if there’s a time you’re more likely to save.
Replacing your air conditioner can save over time and improve comfort, lower humidity, and resolve indoor air quality issues. However, achieving these goals requires making an investment. Here are some tips on timing AC replacement so you can find the best deal:
Don’t Wait Until Your AC Fails
Your air conditioner is more likely to quit when you need it most. If the unit is past its useful life, you may end up without AC during extreme heat. But what should you do if your AC is showing its age this summer?
The cooling season is when demand is the highest. Therefore, the cost of equipment and labor will spike compared to other times of the year. The expense will be a much greater strain on your budget. But you may not need to wait too long.
Wait Until Specials and Rebates Become Available
Manufacturers may offer AC sales and rebates at any time of the year. However, business for HVAC companies tends to be slower in the early spring and early fall. These are the times when you’re more likely to find a deal.
But don’t settle for the very first quote. Shop around and get multiple quotes, which gives you the leverage to negotiate with a contractor. And be sure to check for specials and coupons offered by AC equipment dealers; they can get you quite a bargain if you’re looking at the right time.
Replace Your AC In the Winter
The best discounts on AC equipment are found in the winter. Cooling your home may not be a thought in your mind then. But you can save a lot and avoid the stress and discomfort of an AC failure when you need cool air.
You’ll also benefit if the first warm day arrives early. Just turn on your new AC and it’ll be ready to go. Plus, you’ll benefit from improved energy efficiency for the entire season.
Give Yourself Time to Plan
Scheduling AC replacement during the off-season also gives you time to plan. You can carefully consider the type and size of air conditioner that’s right for your home. Other features, such as two-stage or multi-stage compressors, zoning, or smart thermostats, can be included in your plan. The extra time helps budget for them. Or, you can weigh whether to invest in a ductless mini-split AC or a heat pump.
Contact Air Stars for Help Planning AC Replacement
At Air Stars, we provide HVAC services throughout the Willamette Valley. Check for special offers on HVAC systems, as we love to help our customers save. We also offer flexible financing options so you can pay for your new AC over time. To find affordable deals and save on AC replacement in Oregon, call Air Stars at (503) 476-9887 and speak to a friendly representative.