When either your heat or air conditioning quit working sometimes there are circumstances where it is a good idea to replace both units at the same time. There is a chance that if one has quit working the other may not be far behind it, but other factors can help you determine your options as well. Considering that air conditioning units often last about 10 to 15 years and heaters can last more than 20 years it can be a tricky decision on what to replace at what time. However, if you have either the heat or the air conditioning quit working on you, one good clue to see if replacing both is worth it is to check the other unit’s age. The date on which it was manufactured can tell you a lot about how long that unit may still last. If that unit is nearing its expiration date or the time when it may quit working it is very likely worth replacing both units while you are at it.

On the other hand, sometimes you may find that neither unit really needs replaced yet. The cheaper alternative is usually to fix the unit you have. You may not see the way to fix it, but the tech may realize that a part just needs replaced or something needs tweaked to make the unit work like new without replacing the entire thing. However, if you do need to replace one unit and the other is nearing its life span limits then you should start shopping around. Compare a few different companies and see what prices companies are willing to offer you. Pick the best rate to help save some money. Remember, newer units are also likely to be more energy efficient, so they will help keep your energy bills in check as well for the air conditioning and heat you are using.

Most heating and AC units are the most effective if they are the same make, model, and brand. They work together well and help save some energy and as well save you money in the long-run. Ask for estimates to include what it would cost to replace both units with the same make and model and see what you might save if you were to replace both at the same time. In the end, it’s all about doing what makes the most financial and economic sense to you. In many cases, replacing both units together make the most sense because once you do that you are likely set for at least 10 years, if not longer. Also check the warranties on products to see if it may cover certain problems you have for a few years after you replace your units initially.

Replacing Air Conditioning & Heating Units at the Same Time