When the leaves are falling from the trees and temperatures are dropping, you probably won't be thinking about your air conditioner. However, if your AC unit was struggling towards the end of summer, this may actually be a good time to have it replaced. Fall AC replacement is not perfect, but it has some distinct benefits. Here are some pros and cons to consider as you decide whether to have your AC replaced this autumn.
Pro: You may get a better deal.
If the AC manufacturers are getting ready to release new models next spring, they may be selling this season's air conditioners at a discount. Your contractor can pass some of those savings on to you. Some HVAC contractors also offer a discount on AC installation during the fall in order to attract customers during their slow season. If you need a new AC anyways, why not do it when it's most affordable?
Con: Your AC will have to go through an extra winter.
Winter is a harsh season for outdoor AC units. You can cover the unit to give it some protection, but it will still be exposed to the cold and some moisture. If you replace your AC in the fall, it will go through one more winter than it will if you wait until spring to have it installed.
Pro: You'll be ready to go when spring comes.
It's hard to say when temperatures will rise in the spring. They might shoot up in April, or they may rise in May. If you have your AC replaced in the fall, it will be ready to turn on whenever the heat decides to come back. You won't have to deal with a warm and uncomfortable home because you're waiting for your installation date to arrive.
Con: You won't get much of a chance to try it out.
Your HVAC contractor will probably turn your AC on to make sure it works. However, they won't run it for days on end because running an AC in cold weather is really hard on it. As such, you don't get as much time to immediately try out your air conditioner when you opt for a fall replacement.
If you need a new air conditioner, installing one in the fall can save you money and ensure you're ready to go next spring. Talk to an AC contractor to learn more about this approach.