There’s an old saying that says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. That can be good advice for a lot of things and can be used in a wide variety of situations. However, there are some situations where this may not be the best advice and is not recommended. For instance, when your furnace or air conditioning system breaks down, it might seem like you should only replace the one that’s no longer working, while keeping the one that is still in good working order. However, it may make even more sense to replace both units simultaneously in order to receive the best value for your investment. There are several reasons why this may be the case, but two of the most pressing are size and age.
First, let’s talk about size. Your heating and air units are designed to heat and cool a specific area. Over time, improvements have been made that allow smaller units to heat and cool much more efficiently and effectively than their older, larger counterparts. Many units are now available in a matched system that use the same air handler. This helps to reduce size, cast and energy usage, which saves you money throughout the life of the unit.
It’s also important to consider the age of the units in question. An air conditioner will typically need to be replaced after 10 or 15 years of service, while a furnace may still be effective after 20 years of service. The closer the unbroken unit is to its average lifespan, the more you should consider replacing both units in order to receive the most use and value from each system.
Replacing the units together is almost always less expensive than waiting to install each system individually. Since the matched systems are designed to work in conjunction with one another, you may also find that their warranties cover more parts over a longer period than those of individual systems.
HVAC maintenance is an essential part of home upkeep and by considering these things in advance, you can help maintain a comfortable environment for your home at a price you can afford. For more information about air conditioning repair, furnace repair or any other HVAC service question, contact our offices in San Jose, CA and let us know how we can help you. We have solutions for both residential and commercial systems and are certain we can meet your needs.