How do you know whether you should replace both your air conditioner and furnace when the air conditioner goes out? This is a question that we get a lot here at Gentry. When we provide an estimate on a new HVAC system, it often includes a new furnace. This is surprising to some homeowners when they hear that they may need a new furnace as well. Below are some questions to ask and some info to help you decide is a new furnace is needed or not:
What is the age of your furnace?
If the furnace in question is over 15 years old, it is a good idea to look at replacing it. After about 10 to 15 years, the repairs can really start to add up on HVAC components. The money you save by not replacing the furnace can easily and quickly be outpaced by the potential repairs on the old furnace.
Are you looking a high efficiency system?
If so, the furnace and the blower inside of it play a major role in how well the high efficiency system will perform. Replacing both components at the same time will allow you to reap the maximum benefit from your new high efficiency system upgrade.
How much would a new furnace cost on its own?
The answer can vary by home, but you will always save money by replacing the furnace at the same time as the air conditioner. This is because you will need to pay for the labor and some of the materials twice if you do the furnace and AC separately, but those costs are combined when you do both together.
An additional benefit of getting a new furnace at the same time as your AC is that your entire HVAC system is under warranty together. It often just makes sense to go ahead and replace both. You’ll enjoy reduced frustration with breakdowns, higher system efficiency, and getting a “matched” HVAC system that was made to work together seamlessly.
Give Gentry AC a call when you think it may be time to replace your system! We are here to help you make the best decision for the comfort and safety of your home and family.