There’s an old saying, “Summer spends the winter in Arizona.” People from all over the United States and the world migrate to Phoenix in February. In fact, an Arizona State University study showed the population of the Phoenix metro area increases by 300,000 during the winter months. The blue sky, shirt sleeves weather is custom made for golf, hiking, relaxing by the pool and taking in Cactus League baseball games. For desert dwellers preparing for the summer ahead, February is also an ideal month to replace your aging air conditioner.
Why Bother with My Air Conditioner When the Weather Is Perfect?
It may seem counterintuitive to focus on AC when temperatures are in the 70s. However, if you’re air conditioner is more than ten years old or if you’ve been experiencing expensive repairs over the last couple of summers, you might want to be proactive and find out how much longer you can count on your air conditioner. One thing you want to avoid is replacing your AC unit in the middle of a summer heat wave.
Here are a few points to consider in choosing the best time to replace your air conditioner:
Whether the Weather
We work year-round and are just as happy to install new air conditioners whether the temperature is a withering 111 in the middle of August or a perfect 70 degrees in February. The difference is, during spring installations, homeowners don’t have to go through the hassle of living without AC in an overheated house. We always get to customers as quickly as possible, but let’s face it – summer is the busiest time of year and older air conditioners tend to breakdown at the worst possible times.
Purchasing a New Air Conditioner Is a Process
Buying a new AC unit takes time. Choosing the right air conditioner for your home will require some research and consultation. There are many options to consider including placement of your new AC unit, SEER rating, condition of your ducts, insulation options, ventilation and more. There is a lot to consider, however, we’re here to help.
Ban on R22
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a ban on the production and importation of R22, which is freon that has been used in air conditioners for decades. If your AC unit is over ten years old, it may be using R22. Because of the extreme temperatures here in the desert, the typical service life of an air conditioner in Arizona is eight to 10 years, which is slightly less than the national average. If you are not sure how old your unit is, one of our service techs can perform a test to let you know the age of your air conditioner.
We understand that replacing an air conditioner is a major expense and a big decision for any household. Our friendly service techs will be happy to perform a complete HVAC system evaluation and present you with options. We are not high-pressure salespeople and we don’t automatically recommend replacement. We believe in doing what’s best for our customers whether it’s to repair or replace. Why not call us today?