The debate on the best time to replace an HVAC system, especially a central HVAC, does not have a definite answer. The best time to replace your HVAC system depends mainly on your circumstances. Analyze your circumstances and choose a replacement time that works best for you.
Below are some of the best times to replace the HVAC considering different circumstances.
During the Off-Season
Many agree that the off-season is the best time to replace an HVAC system. The off-season is when homes don't need heating or cooling. An off-season replacement makes sense because:
- You don't use the HVAC and can stay comfortable without one
- HVAC contractors aren't as busy, and you can get a contractor of your choice
- HVAC manufacturers and contractors tend to offer discounts to attract clients
Note that weather or temperature changes vary by area, which means the off-season starts at different dates depending on the neighborhood.
When You Need the HVAC, But It's Broken
If you need your HVAC system, then you cannot afford to wait for the off-season if the HVAC breaks down. Say your aging HVAC breaks down in the middle of winter. Assuming the necessary repairs are prohibitively expensive, you must immediately replace the system. You might waste money trying to repair the system and use it for the rest of the season.
When You Can Afford the Replacement
An HVAC replacement requires a relatively significant investment. Many people don't have that money lying around. Thus, you should not wait until the last minute to replace your HVAC if it shows imminent failure.
If your aging HVAC has experienced major several major breakdowns in the recent past, you'll need to replace the system the next time it breaks down and you have the replacement money. Otherwise, the HVAC might break down when you need heating or cooling but lack the replacement money.
When Doing Major Renovations
Major home renovation or remodeling disrupts your daily routine. The level of disruptions depends on the nature and extent of the renovations. An HVAC replacement can also disrupt your life. You can minimize the overall disruption by scheduling the HVAC replacement and home renovation around the same time.
Hopefully, you will replace your HVAC system at the right time without spending too much money. Talk to your HVAC contractor on how to minimize replacement costs. For example, some areas have rebates for those who install energy-efficient HVAC systems.
Contact a local residential HVAC service to learn more.