When homeowners realize that it’s time for heating system replacement, they may wonder whether they should have the central air unit replaced as well. Combining central air and furnace replacement costs less than having the two projects done at different times. The technicians only have to make one service call. Nevertheless, there is no point in replacing an air conditioning unit that is likely to remain in good working order for years to come.
Considering Equipment Age
The age of the central air equipment is a factor if the two were installed at the same time or if the central air unit is older than the furnace. Central air units generally are expected to last about 15 years, and even longer if they aren’t used a great deal. Furnaces have the same expected longevity if they are maintained properly. If the central air system was installed 10 or fewer years ago, it probably can provide several more years of service.
The homeowners will want to consider how much they have used the central air compared to how often they run the furnace. In this type of climate, the heating system tends to be used significantly more than the central air unit is unless the household residents are committed to keeping the home cool whenever the weather is warm. This may be the case if somebody in the home has a condition for which heat worsens the symptoms, such as multiple sclerosis. In addition, some people are troubled by dust blowing in from open windows, so they choose to run the air conditioning instead.
Ask the Experts
When pondering heating system replacement in Denver CO, the homeowners can ask a contractor such as Gale Force Heating & A/C, Inc. the difference in price between having the work done at the same appointment or waiting to get the central air unit replaced a few years later. The difference may not be noteworthy enough to have both replaced at the same time if the air conditioner will last much longer.