Is there a best time of year to replace my HVAC system?
Read this article if you are flexible in your timing of purchasing a new HVAC system but you know you need to do something soon. Picking the right time of year can save you up to 15% — meaning you might save $1,000 or more.
So you’ve been thinking about replacing your HVAC system, but you’re still on the fence. You’re probably thinking, why replace something that’s still working? We have written some other guides that can help you decide what is considered an expected life for an HVAC system and how to decide between repairing and replacing. This article is really designed to help you choose the best time of the year to replace when you’ve already made the decision to go forward.
The HVAC business in most areas of the country, and especially here in North Carolina, is very seasonal. The business activity follows the general pattern below, depending on the actual weather. The best times to replace your HVAC system are the spring and early fall when the business is the slowest. During this time manufacturers offer specials to help sell more products and HVAC contractors are more aggressive with their pricing to help keep the dollars rolling and the crews busy.
In the Triangle, Greensboro and Winston Salem the best times to buy are typically January, February, March, September, October, and December.
The difference in price between purchasing at the best times and the worst times might be as much as 10-15%. The average HVAC replacement system (system only, no ductwork), is about $7,000, so 10% is real money.
For more information about purchasing a new HVAC system check out our Insider’s Guide to Buying a New HVAC System.”