The Best Time To Get A New HVAC System

When homeowners consider when the right moment to replace their home a/c unit, they might want to keep this principle in mind: When it comes to air conditioning units, there are “no end of the year model blowouts” like you find among automobile dealerships. That said, there are times when in the cooling and heating industry that there are reasonable bargains on a new HVAC unit.  

Seasonal Supply and Demand

Often, the best times to get the most quality for the least cost are between extremes.  In other words, the seasons between extreme heat, the summer months, and the coldest months of winter are times when a/c installers find business to be a bit slower.  Since they’re eager to move more product and spike their cash flows, you generally find a greater number of nicer deals on the market.

Conversely, when higher temperatures are the norm, these companies tend to have more work, as units around the community tend to develop problems or simply break down and need replacing.  More work for them means you’ll need to pay more to earn their time. These are simple laws of supply and demand. Yet using the core principles of supply and demand will go a long way in helping you know when to shop.

Marketing Ploys

Another principle consumers should use comes down to timing.  Sometimes an a/c repair service and installer will be rebounding from a downturn, for whatever reason, in their own business.  At these times the owner is generally looking to ‘re-enter’ the market and will cut deals with consumers to sell more inventory – or, move product from manufacturer to consumer.  The marketing entity needs to increase sales volume. Lowering prices, a good thing for customers, becomes his main marketing strategy. You can be savvy toward these kinds of deals by paying attention to the media, including mailers, Internet promos, and the like.

Avoid Costly Replacement With Routine Maintenance

It is true when it comes to your air conditioner that routine maintenance will solve many unwanted results and prolong the life of your air conditioner.  In the long term, you’ll find that regular checkups, tune ups and the like will prove more budget friendly than just defaulting to a belief you should replace your entire system.  Of course, if you sense – through sound or by observing alarming symptoms – your a/c system is on its last leg, consider the age of the entire system first. If it is getting toward 10 years or more in age, there’s a good chance that simple maintenance won’t solve your problems.  

$5,000 Rule

Should you find yourself with an a/c technician who is pushing you to replace the unit rather than repair it, claiming that fixinging it is just throwing money down the drain or wil only be the first of many repairs, stop and consider the “$5,000 Rule”. The “$5,000 Rule” is a general rule of thumb that takes the age of your unit and multiplies it by the cost of the repair. If the amount comes to more $5,000 then replacing the unit may be the better option. However, if the amount totals to less than $5,000 then go with the repair.

The best advice for the savvy homeowner is to find a technician he or she can trust.  Then at least once a year, ask him to go over your system and tell you the truth about its condition.

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