HVAC technicians are often asked whether homeowners have to replace their air conditioners and furnaces at the same time, and although the answer is you don’t have to, there are many situations when you may want to.
For example, if both your units are getting up there in age, then it makes sense to replace both at the same time. However, there are many factors to consider, and today we’ll give you some important information to help make this decision easier.
There Are Some Major Advantages to Replacing Both Units at the Same Time
Are you retiring soon? Is your current HVAC system getting up there in age? Are you looking to make your home more energy-efficient? Do you live in a rural area or have trouble accessing your air conditioner and furnace? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s likely you could benefit from replacing both units at the same time.
Before retirement is a good time to upgrade crucial appliances, because then you don’t have to worry about it when you're on a fixed income, and when you're busy trying to enjoy life and indulge your hobbies. Moreover, newer appliances require less maintenance and fewer repairs, leaving you more free time and more money in your savings.
If your air conditioner is between 15 and 20 years old and your furnace is between 20 and 30, then you might want to consider a dual upgrade, because both units are approaching the end of their expected lifespans. Along with getting newer appliances, you'll also make your home more energy efficient.
Finally, if you live outside an HVAC service area, then every service call will be more expensive, and it’s best to address multiple things at once if possible, such as a dual installation. Similarly, if your HVAC system isn't easy to access, the service will cost more, and you can save yourself money by upgrading both units at once.
But the Cost May Be Prohibitive
One of the only drawbacks of replacing your A/C and furnace together is that it will be more expensive, and it can be tough for homeowners to come up with the cash to fund such an improvement project.
For starters, and air conditioner will cost at least $1,000, and then the furnace could range between $2,000 and $5,000, and then you have installation fees on top of that.
Your Best Bet Is to Schedule an Appointment with a Local HVAC Expert
There are plenty of factors you'll have to weigh when making this decision, and a good place to start is with a visit from an HVAC technician who can inspect your system, give you a life expectancy for your current units, discuss budgeting, and give you recommendations about whether you can upgrade just one appliance or if you should opt for a dual replacement.
In most cases, homeowners who are looking to upgrade their furnace or air conditioner will choose to replace both units at the same time, but that doesn’t mean you have to. The things you should consider include the age of your HVAC appliances, your budget, your life circumstances, and even where you live and where your A/C and furnace are located because all of these factors will influence your decision.