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The Best Time of Year to Replace Your AC

Air conditioner with maintenance tools in residential back yard

Understanding the Lifespan of Your AC

On average, a well-maintained air conditioner can last 15 to 20 years. With this in mind, we recommend homeowners plan for a replacement once their systems pass the ten-year mark. Though this may seem early, advance planning can help you budget comfortably for the system you want and prepare you for the unexpected.

Signs it's time to start planning for a replacement:

  • Your system is approaching the end of its lifespan.
  • Your energy bills are consistently rising, suggesting your unit is losing efficiency.
  • Repairs are becoming more frequent and costly.
  • The system struggles to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your house.
  • You notice excessive noise or dust coming from the system.

Recognizing these signs early can prevent the inconvenience of a complete system failure, especially during peak seasons.

Optimal Seasons for AC Replacement

Installing your replacement air conditioner at the right time ensures efficient cooling and saves you from costly repairs down the line. Older units tend to break down more frequently, costing homeowners hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repair costs. However, you also want to make sure you are replacing your system at a convenient time.

So, when is the best time of year to replace your AC? The best time of year to replace an AC is typically in the spring or fall due to moderate temperatures and off-peak demand for HVAC services. These seasons allow you to plan your replacement strategically without the pressure of immediate need, giving you adequate time to explore your options thoroughly.

These transitional seasons are generally considered the best times for AC replacement for several reasons:

  • Demand for HVAC services is lower, meaning you're more likely to get a quicker installation appointment that suits your schedule. Trying to replace your system during the height of summer can lead to longer weight times.
  • Milder weather conditions reduce the urgency and discomfort you'd experience should you have to wait for your new system to be installed.
  • End-of-year sales and rebates can provide financial incentives for purchasing a new system. Many manufacturers offer rebates on their systems to clear out inventory before the new year models come in, and you might also catch Black Friday and post-holiday sales.

Not ready for an AC replacement? Read our blog to learn why spring is also a great time to schedule annual AC maintenance.

Preparing for Your Cooling System Replacement

When considering your AC replacement, it’s essential to do your due diligence to ensure you’re making the most informed decision. In addition to ensuring that your new AC is the correct size for your home, look for units with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating for better long-term savings. We also encourage homeowners to research all available tax rebates, incentives, and manufacturer offers to help offset the initial investment.

Unsure where to start? Don't worry; the team at Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar is here to help. From assisting you in keeping your existing cooling system running smoothly for as long as possible to guiding you in selecting a new AC that fits your needs and budget, we have the skills, experience, and knowledge you need.

Send us a message online to schedule an AC inspection or to talk to one of our team members about your replacement AC options.

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