During winter months in New Jersey, believe it or not there are still many people that are calling for estimates on the installation or replacement of their central air conditioning system. The average consumer assumes that he or she will get a 'better price' therefore, it almosts creates a season within a season.
Is it true? Well, yes...and no. The equipment that is required does not go 'on sale'. The manufactuers and distributors do not reduce their pricing in hopes that they will clear out the inventory on air conditioning units as they do not 'spoil' and maintain their value even while sitting on the shelf. The contractor that installs the system likely does heating maintenance, service and installations so there's a good chance there is little or no 'down time'. But the truth of the matter is, that you may be able to negotiate a slight discount when contracting an air conditioning installation 'off season'.
Is there a down-side? Well, yes and no. You won't be able to take your new air conditioning season for a 'test drive' until several months later. And, most likely the refrigerant charge will have to be adjusted, meaning that it will take a warmer day (above 50 degrees or higher)to be able to test the refrigerant levels properly. Additionally, your warrantee begins at the completion of your installation. Of course, a contractor in good-standing will most likely give you that extra season. Ask questions like this, first.
All that being said, dealing with a quality contractor that will create a pending work order and schedule this return visit negates any concerns. The truth of the matter is, that a quality contractor will have options for you to make your new AC system affordable. Change of seasons, spring cleaning, get ready for warm weather and think about air conditioning today!