As the seasons change from summer to fall, air conditioners aren't exactly necessary. That doesn't mean you should leave your system without HVAC repairs next year. If your AC system is at the end of its lifespan, take a look at the questions to ask if you're considering an autumn air conditioner replacement.
What Does the Weather Forecast Look Like?
This practical question is one many homeowners skip. While it's normal to focus on AC issues such as price and efficiency ratings, you also need to think about the installation itself. The early autumn weather is often unpredictable. One day you may need the heating part of your HVAC system—and the next you may need the air conditioner.
Before you choose a replacement and installation date, check the extended forecast. You won't have use of your central AC while the HVAC maintenance technician is at work. If the forecast includes high temperatures, a non-air conditioned space could make your home unbearably uncomfortable—especially for elderly family members, young children, or pets.
Choose an installation date with a middle of the road forecast. Look for temperatures that aren't too hot but aren't too cold. It's also possible (depending on your HVAC system) that you won't have the ability to use the heater while the technician installs your new AC unit.
Will the AC System Require Pre-Summer Repairs or Replacement?
Obvious wear and tear, damage, and other issues that may reduce the efficiency or overall ability to function require immediate attention. Even though it's not likely you'll use your air conditioner for several months, existing problems can grow over the fall and winter months.
While you could choose to wait until next spring for a professional AC inspection, this may mean you won't have a system to use when the weather finally gets warm. If the technician discovers serious damage or other problems that require a full replacement, you may need to wait days or even weeks to schedule an installation or rush to choose a new model.
A fall replacement gives you plenty if time to weigh your options and make the right decision. Instead of a rush to beat the heat, you can price shop, compare functions, and wait until you come to the right decision. You'll also have the time to choose an installation appointment that fits your schedule.
Can You Get a Better Deal Right Now?
If you wait until next summer to replace your air conditioner, you may not have the same price options that are available right now. While prices (and deals or discounts) change often, an immediate summer-time need may force you into a higher-priced model.
HVAC services that center around your air conditioner don't just happen in the summer. Now that it's fall, consider HVAC maintenance and AC replacement.