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Things You Should Know About Replacing Your Heating and AC at the Same Time


Any HVAC expert will tell you that when people need to replace their air conditioner or furnace, they often do the other at the same time as well.

However, it isn’t always advisable to upgrade one just because you’re upgrading the other, especially if you’re on a budget, or if you have one appliance that’s newer than the other and really don’t need to worry about replacing it just yet.

Nonetheless, many people opt to replace both at the same time, and today you’ll learn about the pros and cons of doing this.

It’ll Cost You More Money


It makes sense that buying two appliances instead of one will cost more, but you may not realize how much. For instance, if you’ve got a $1,500 budget and need to replace your air conditioner, then you should be able to find a decent unit and have it installed without breaking the bank.

However, if you’re considering upgrading your furnace as well, then that budget won’t cut it, because a furnace will set you back at least an extra $2,000, plus the cost of installation. It often makes sense to replace air conditioners and furnaces at the same time, but only if you can afford to do it.

That being said, if you plan to retire soon and will be going on a fixed income, you might want to consider this capital investment now while you still have a regular paycheck coming in, and then you won’t have to worry about your air conditioner or furnace for at least another 15 years.

But You’ll Be Able to Upgrade Older Appliances

Older air conditioners and furnaces aren’t nearly as efficient as modern ones, so if both your units are getting up there in age, then you could actually save yourself money in the long run on energy bills by replacing both units now. For reference, air conditioners have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, whereas a furnace can last anywhere between 20 and 30.

And You Might Save Money on Installation Too


Even though it will cost you more to upgrade and install a new air conditioner and furnace, there are a few instances where doing both at the same time can save you money on the installation costs.

Say, for example, that your furnace and air conditioner are tucked away somewhere in your house, such as a crawl space, that’s not easily accessible.

Paying for a technician to get in there with the right tools and equipment to remove your original appliances and install the new ones is going to cost more than a typical job.

Therefore, you can save money on installation by doing both appliances at the same time, rather than paying an HVAC expert twice to install the appliances separately. Similarly, if you don’t live right in New Haven, IN and need to call in a tech who’s outside your service area, it will be more expensive, and you can save by doing both appliances at once.

Determining whether to replace just your air conditioner or furnace or both is a big decision, but an expert HVAC technician can assess the state of your appliances, give you an installation quote, and help you make the right choice, so call to schedule an appointment with your local HVAC expert. In general, replacing both units at the same time is a good idea if the appliances are getting up there in age, if you’ll be retiring soon, and if you have it in the budget to get both done at once.

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