Your AC breaking down is not something we typically plan for; it just happens. However, there are times where repair can tide you over towards a period where it would be better to replace your air conditioner in terms of service and finances.
For instance, if your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of July where temperatures are hottest, the one thing on your mind is replacing it as soon as possible. This puts you at a major disadvantage as you may feel pressured to make a choice right away; just so you can sleep comfortably in your own home again! Alternatively, if you are able to get it up and running with a repair, but your technician tells you that it is approaching the end of its life cycle, then you can pick a more opportune time to replace it before it happens to break down next.
When it comes to replacing your air conditioner, autumn is typically the best time in many regards. First, the temperatures are cooler, which gives you the time to shop around since there isn't that same urgency to cool your home. As we go from late August through October 1st, it is also considered the off-season for air conditioners. That said, you may be able to get an air conditioner at a reduced price and will have more dedicated service when a professional comes to install it.
If you can purchase your new air conditioner at the same time as a new furnace you were planning on, that can possibly pay you rewards in the form of excellent electric and gas utility rebates. By purchasing a “matched” system, your efficiency will increase substantially, and not only does this secure your rebate, but it also lowers your monthly outlay for utilities from now on! That translates into the biggest savings available!
However, what you do need to keep in mind for a fall installation is that air conditioners need to be tested after installation. It can vary between models, but typically it needs to be above 65 degrees to turn on your air conditioner without risking damage to it. Therefore, winter isn't a more optimal time since technicians can't test the air conditioner to make sure it works after it is installed. However, companies maintain a “start-up list” so when the weather breaks to warmer weather, start-ups are completed, and there’s time to correct any issues.
If you have questions, or need service, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. – we’re here to serve!