Like homeowners everywhere, it’s common for those in Kansas to wait for their HVAC system to suffer a catastrophic failure before considering a replacement. The standard gas furnace has an expected service life of 15 to 20 years, and an air conditioner typically lasts 10 to 15 years. Knowing this, you can plan ahead for your replacement instead of waiting for that failure. Consider the top seven reasons to replace your system in the fall.
1. It’s a Slower Season for HVAC Companies
The more extreme the temperature outside, the more strain your HVAC system experiences. It’s during the seasons when systems are strained most that more of them develop issues, keeping HVAC companies busy. When you plan for a replacement during the moderate fall weather, business is slower, and your HVAC contractor can get your system replaced without the legendary waits you may have heard about from friends or family.
2. You Won’t Need the System as Much
One of the challenges of replacing your system when it fails is that it’s likely to happen when you need it most. During the moderate temperatures of fall, you can likely go without your furnace or AC for whatever time is needed to install the new system. You can open your windows to let the cool air breeze through if it’s too warm. It won’t likely be so cold that you can’t keep warm by putting on a sweatshirt or sweater.
3. You’ll Have More Time to Do Your Research
When your system fails in the middle of the summer or during a frigid snowstorm in the winter, time is not on your side. You’ll have to make a snap decision to get your system up and running again. When you take the time to plan your replacement, you can research both the systems available and the installation companies. This allows you to better evaluate the kinds of systems, prices, deals and the company you may choose to install it, ensuring you get the best system for your home.
4. Better Deals
The slower fall season means that companies are looking for ways to increase their business. As such, many manufacturers offer some kind of rebate or discount on new system equipment. Many installers will also offer deals from discounts on installation fees to extended labor warranties. Whether it’s a discounted installation or better protection in the future, you’ll find opportunities to save some money.
5. Less Risk of Mid-Season Breakdowns
As your system ages, the internal components will show their wear and need replacing. When the mid-season strain hits, it’s often more than worn components can handle, and the system will break down. Planning to replace your system in the fall avoids straining an aging system and the breakdowns it can bring.
6. Lower Your Heating Costs
There are two ways to lower your heating costs when you replace your HVAC system in the fall. First, if you have a heating system that’s more than 15 years old, chances are the systems on the market now are more efficient than the one you currently have. This means you’ll consume less energy to heat and cool your home.
However, that’s not the only way you can save. As systems age, they tend to lose some of their efficiency. When you install a new system, you’ll get rid of a system whose efficiency is lagging and replace it with one that’s operating at its peak.
7. More System Availability
One of the challenges many people face when trying to install a new system is the availability of the system they want. When you experience a mid-season breakdown, you’re often left with whatever happens to be in stock right now. Because fewer new systems are installed in the fall, there are more systems available to choose from. This means you’re likely to get a better system and one that can take advantage of more rebates and tax incentives made available in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
When people around Shawnee need trusted HVAC services, they’ve turned to Air Care Heating & Cooling since 1981. Our team provides air conditioning and heating installation, maintenance and repair, including heat pumps and geothermal, along with indoor air quality solutions and water heater services. Call us to schedule a consultation, so we can help you explore replacing your HVAC system this fall.