Is your furnace or air conditioner in need of repair? Are you questioning
whether it’s worth the time or the money to repair it, or would
it be better to replace it once and for all?
Replacing either system can be an expensive endeavor. Which is why many
homeowners take on the adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t
fix it.” Why replace one system when you’re only having trouble
with the other? When it comes to your HVAC system, it may be good advice.
Evaluate Your System
Your furnace and air conditioning system work together to keep your house
properly conditioned no matter what the weather. With a gas-forced system,
they share a lot in common, including the duct work. By hiring a licensed
HVAC technician, they can evaluate your current system and give you an
honest opinion of the condition of your equipment.
If there is no avoiding replacement of one unit, you should give your remaining
system an honest assessment. Air conditioners typically can last 10 to
15 years, while a furnace can have a useful life of up to 20 years depending
on use. The closer your still-working unit is to its average lifespan,
the more inclined you should be to replace it at the same time.
When you replace both units at the same time, your HVAC technician can
match them and use the same air handler, which reduces equipment costs
and energy use. If they are designed to work together, it also reduces
the wear and tear on the parts. Plus if you select current technology
and it works together, you’ll receive the biggest benefits on your
monthly utility bills.
Keeping the two systems separate and replacing them on their own doesn’t
mean your house won’t be properly conditioned. It just means you
might not be receiving the maximum energy efficiency gained by purchasing
When you replace both systems together, they are installed together. That
means any installation issues are handled at the time of installation,
not years apart on different timeframes. Because the matched systems are
designed to work together, you may find warranties cover more parts and
work together over a longer period of time.
The ideal way to manage your upgrade is to start now, while both systems
are operational. When was the last time you had a routine maintenance
on all of your equipment? An experienced technician can help you size
up your equipment, make recommendations to keep it running, and give you
a reasonable estimate about the future of your equipment.