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When is the Best Time to Replace Your AC?

08 Dec 2021

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s HVAC system, you’ve probably been having problems with it for a while. No one decides to replace all their home heating and air conditioning equipment on a whim or “just for the heck of it.” Most of the time, homeowners have advance warning that their air conditioner or furnace is going to fail.

Heating and air conditioning systems have a way of communicating with us when they aren’t feeling well. Your HVAC system lets you know there’s a problem by way of rattling, banging, and squealing sounds that can indicate moving parts like fan and compressor motors are starting to fail. Rumbling sounds from an outdoor AC unit could mean the compressor motor mounts have failed. Without the proper support, the compressor can come loose, potentially interfering with the operation of the fan. Diminished overall performance is another likely sign that the end is near for your HVAC system.

When problems occur with heating or air conditioning systems during the busy months, promptly repairing them is crucial. Nobody wants to spend a July afternoon in Houston without AC, nor do we want to face a frigid February night without the aid of our furnaces. As a result, most air conditioning companies are booked solid with repair and installation jobs weeks in advance during these peak times.

The good news is that if your AC unit and furnace are currently working, you have the time to research your many options before making an informed decision.

Why Is Fall the Best Time to Replace HVAC?

HVAC companies are extremely busy during the hottest months of the summer, as one after another, air conditioners across Houston lose their battles with the Texas heat. Furnaces keep Nick’s crew of HVAC technicians well occupied during the earliest months of the winter as folks fire them up for the first time in months.

The spring and fall seasons are generally considered periods of “lower demand” in the HVAC industry for both products and services. The annual “downtimes” for heating and AC companies start in early March and run through mid-May for the spring season and from late September until just after Thanksgiving for the fall.

Find the Best Bargains in the Off-Peak Season!

Air conditioners can be significantly cheaper during the fall and winter months, where the cost of a furnace can drop as much as 15% during the summer. There’s a good chance that the homeowner will be able to negotiate a lower price for HVAC installation during the slower months, too.

Your preferred HVAC company is also more likely to have the components for your installation in stock during the off-season. During peak months, inventory of air conditioners, even those coming from our large corporate suppliers, starts to dwindle, leading to delayed installations during the brutal summer heat.

How Long Should My HVAC System Last?

High-quality HVAC systems can have a lifespan of twenty years if properly installed, adequately maintained, and professionally repaired as needed. Any homeowner who is regularly changing their air filters, keeping intake and outlet vents clean, and having refrigerant levels and moving parts checked and adjusted annually can expect optimum performance and long-term reliability.

Air conditioners and furnaces do not age gracefully, and as aging units become less efficient, they make more noise and also cost more to repair when they break down.

Are New Air Conditioners More Energy Efficient?

Today’s air conditioners are far more technologically advanced than those installed as little as five years ago. Variable speed technology now allows your AC system’s compressor to run anywhere between 30 and 100% of full power, unlike older systems running at a single fixed speed. Running at lower speeds makes it easier for the air
conditioner to reach the desired temperature (set by the smart thermostat) and
maintain it.

Installing an air conditioner used to be thought of as a non-recoverable expense. With today’s efficient AC units, it’s possible to save enough money on your energy bill that your air conditioner eventually pays for itself.

Are New Air Conditioners Quieter?

One of the key reasons your central air conditioner unit is located outside is because of the amount of noise it makes. Central air conditioners are loud, with older units emitting as much 75 – 80 decibels of droning noise for the entire time they are running. For reference, a rock and roll concert is around 100 decibels, and a jet airplane taking off is 110 decibels.

Changes to the shape and composition of the air conditioner’s fan blades make newer units quieter than ever before. New, variable speed AC units can operate with a 40 – 45 decibel noise level, making them quieter than a conversation.

No one knows your home better than you. If you’ve noticed your air conditioner has been struggling to keep up on the hottest days or not keeping your home warm enough in the winter, give Nick’s Air Conditioning a call. Let one of our licensed and experienced technicians perform an HVAC Assessment of your home and help you select the right system for your family.

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