If your air conditioner or your furnace is in need of repair, you may be wondering whether it's worth the time and money to repair it or go ahead and replace them. If you live in an older home with an older system, it may be in your best interest to replace your air conditioner and furnace at the same time, otherwise there's a few more factors to consider. In fact, in today's post we'll explore the advantage of replacing your furnace and air conditioner together versus separately.
It's Important to Evaluate Your System
Most HVAC systems are comprised of a furnace and air conditioner that work together to keep your home comfortable for you no matter what the season. Before determining whether or not you should replace your current system, it's worth having a licensed HVAC technician come out and evaluate your home to determine the condition of your equipment.
In some cases, particularly with a gas-forced system, the furnace and air conditioner share duct work. As such, if you have to replace one component of the system, you're likely going to need to replace both. So, that evaluation is really critical.
It's also important to consider how old your current unit is. For example, an air conditioner should last between 10-15 years, assuming it's being properly maintained during its lifetime; while a furnace can remain useful for up to 20 years depending on how it's being used. We wouldn't think to suggest a replacement on a unit that is under 5 years old, but a system that is approaching its 10th year or more might need an upgrade.
A Matched System is the Most Effective Solution
Let's assume then that you do decide to replace your HVAC system. There is actually a benefit to replacing both your air conditioner and furnace at the same time. When you do this, your HVAC technician can match them and use the same air handler. By doing this, you not only reduce the cost of equipment, but you will also save on your utility bill by upgrading to the latest technology. And, when they are designed to work together, typically the system lasts a lot longer because there is less wear and tear on the parts.
Another advantage to replacing both the furnace and air conditioner at the same time is reducing your installation fees. Typically, for each install, there is an installation fee (this typically covers the technician's time and labor). However, when both systems are installed at the same time, there is only one fee.
Two Separate System isn't the Worst Solution
After you've had your home evaluated, you may decide that you want to keep your furnace and air conditioner operating as two separate systems, and only replace the one that needs it. And that is OK! Replacing just the air conditioner or just the furnace hardly means that your home won't run effectively or be properly conditioned to meet the comfort needs of your family. However, you may not be receiving the maximum energy efficiency gained from purchasing brand spanking new equipment.
As such, the most ideal way to plan for a future HVAC system upgrade is to properly maintain your equipment NOW while it's still fully functioning. When was the last time you scheduled a routine HVAC maintenance check on your equipment? A little bit of preventative maintenance can go a long way, and is usually the best way to catch small problems before they turn into disasters. As such, before you invest in a new HVAC system call Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711.