Should I Replace My Furnace & AC at the Same Time?

January 14, 2018

When thinking about home comfort in different seasons, it’s easy to become short-sighted. For instance, you tend to worry about furnace efficiency in the winter, and then shift your concerns to AC performance in the summer. So, when one half of the system breaks down and requires a replacement, it’s easy to forget that your furnace and AC complement one another. After all, furnaces and central air conditioners share the same air handler. This means, when the time comes to replace your furnace, you should also replace your air conditioner so the components match. Here are some reasons to explain why that is a smart decision for your home.

Prolong System Lifespan

If you only replace half of your HVAC equipment, you mix old and new technologies in the same system, potentially resulting in compatibility issues. A mismatched system could cause premature breakdowns or a shorter lifespan for the new equipment you just invested in. If your goal is to save money by only replacing the furnace or air conditioner, this outcome could thwart your plans.

Improve HVAC Performance

New furnaces and air conditioners have impressive efficiency ratings. If your existing system was installed a decade ago or more, a replacement will prove to be a huge upgrade. Not only that, but when your heating and cooling systems match, the features and performance of each one complement the other. This helps your investment pay for itself in year-round energy savings while ensuring maximum home comfort.

Only Pay One Installation Fee

A significant factor in the cost to replace your HVAC system is the installation fee. If you replace your furnace now and wait until later to put in a new AC unit, you’ll have to pay this fee twice. However, when performed together, the installation process is less complicated, and you only have to pay the fee once.

Save Money Over Time

Replacing your furnace and AC at the same time requires you to purchase two units upfront, but saving over time makes the investment worth it. First, you enjoy lower energy bills from the improved efficiency of new, matching equipment. Then, you have fewer repairs to contend with, which can build up toward the end of an HVAC system’s lifespan. Finally, with only one installation fee to pay for, it makes sense to replace your systems together instead of six months apart.

Ensure Warranty Coverage

Some warranties come with a provision that states the manufacturer isn’t obligated to honor a claim if a new system is combined with an old one. Replacing your furnace and AC at the same time ensures full warranty protection if you need it. This gives you peace of mind and could save you money if you end up running into trouble with your new HVAC equipment.

Furnace & AC Replacement in the Cincinnati Area

When it comes time to replace your broken down furnace, we recommend replacing your AC at the same time, especially if the units were installed together over 10 years ago. As you begin the HVAC replacement process, we can offer our expert advice about which heating and cooling technologies will complement your lifestyle the best. We’ll make sure the investment you make contributes to improved home comfort and savings over the long run.

To schedule your furnace or AC replacement service in the Cincinnati area, or to request a free HVAC replacement estimate, please contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling today. We have over 30 years of experience delivering quality HVAC services to homes and businesses Ohio.