If you’re looking at the possibility of replacing your air conditioner in the near future, you may be considering whether you should replace only the malfunctioning unit or the entire HVAC system. There are several different factors to consider, so it’s worth looking at both sides.
Components of Your HVAC System
Your typical heating and air conditioning system has two main units. The outside unit includes the condenser, compressor, and a fan. The inside unit has a variety of components that include an air handler that controls air for both the A/C and furnace, as well as evaporator coils that cool the air for the A/C system.
Replace Part or All?
Replacing only the malfunctioning unit can be less expensive at the time of purchase. This is the main benefit of choosing this option.
Replacing the entire HVAC system is definitely more expensive up front. However, over time going this route can save you a significant amount of both money and hassle. Here’s why:
- Older components break more frequently. If you’re having a problem with one part of the HVAC system due to age and wear, you have to consider that the other part has been in place just as long. Once you replace one of the two units, the other one will probably need replacement before long.
- You get charged for every installation. When you replace the two units at separate times, you have to pay for both installations. This increases the overall price.
- Systems are designed so that the components work together. Newer units are more efficient than older units. However, when you pair an old unit with a new one, the newer unit is unable to work at maximum efficiency because it’s slowed down by the older unit. You can lose significant energy savings over the life of your HVAC system.
- You may lose warranty benefits. In some cases, warranties only cover the components when they’re installed as a system.
Want to learn more about replacing an HVAC unit versus the whole system in your Grand Traverse County area home? Contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about new HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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