When should I buy a new AC unit?
We get asked this question all the time. The good thing is that we have an easy answer but not necessarily for the reasons you might think.
Ready for the straight answer? It’s during the off season – fall, winter, early spring. Any time outside of summer or late spring is your ideal time to shop. But it’s not for the sales or that you’ll necessarily find a cheaper deal (although you can find the best value). It’s about giving yourself time to make the right decision.
Here’s the real deal.
What happens all too often is that folks let their AC run until its last dying gasp. And guess when this usually occurs… right in the dead of summer, when you need your AC the most. And so, you’ll end up rushing out to buy a replacement without giving yourself the time to research and shop for the best value.
We see this happen so often. Rather than staying proactive and being aware of how much life your HVAC unit has left, lots of people just wait until the unit breaks down completely. This usually happens because routine maintenance checks were missed, including a yearly checkup for your unit. There are many reasons your AC needs regular maintenance, but one of the top reasons is that this is the best way to know when it’s time to replace your AC.
Buying time, shopping wisely
When you know that your HVAC is about to go, you can give yourself time to do all the research you need, get consultations from HVAC specialists and shop around for the best value and the best unit for your house. Cheaper is rarely better, but also the most expensive unit isn’t always best either. As you shop around remember that you’re making a long-term investment with your new unit. While deals might be tempting, they could end up costing you more in the long run.
In the best case scenario, you could start looking into a new AC in the fall, find a trusted HVAC company to work with, purchase a highly-recommended unit at the best price in winter and get your unit installed with plenty of time to spare before the summer heat hits.
Be like Goldilocks
One of the top reasons it’s wise to give yourself time to shop isn’t necessarily for deals but rather finding the unit that’s just right for your home.
There are a number of factors that need to considered when looking for a new unit. The size, age and layout of your home is a top consideration. Your current HVAC system may also determine the type of unit that you can install. You could also consider the features that you’re looking for in a new unit. And finally, if you need a new furnace, duct work or other HVAC work in addition to your AC, you can give yourself the time and space to make the best decision.
The key takeaway is that it’s not in your best interest to simply select a unit at random. Seek professional advice, expert opinions and find a unit that truly is right for you and your home.
We hope this made things clear for you. We’re always trying to give our customers the facts without the fluff. Too often other companies and manufacturers will target you with flashy ads or catch you when you’re in desperate need and you don’t have time to make a wise decision.
Buy yourself plenty of time by getting regular checkups so you know how long your AC unit will last. Then you can shop smart and find the best unit at the best value, installed by the best HVAC team.