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Can You Replace Just the AC and Not the Furnace?

In winter’s cold and dark days, homeowners must choose between fixing their heating or cooling systems before the weather worsens. One of the options is to replace only the broken part. The other option is to go all out with a complete replacement of the unit. Both options come with pros and cons.

The air conditioner and furnace are designed as a matched set, so they need concurrent efficiency to continue working properly. So, when looking for a new furnace or an AC unit to replace your old one, consult with your local AC repair contractor. It’s important to work with a local professional who can help you figure out whether you’re dealing with a simple fix or something a little more extensive. Read on to determine the signs your furnace and AC unit need replacing.

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Signs Your AC Unit Needs Replacing

It can be stressful if your air conditioner is broken or not working properly. You may not realize it, but some signs indicate that your AC unit needs to be replaced. Here are a few of the most common signs:

  • The unit is blowing cold air.
  • You hear a loud noise when you turn on your air conditioner’s compressor. It could mean that there’s something wrong with the compressor or that it needs to be cleaned or refilled with Freon.
  • The indoor temperature gets hot or cold in an hour or less without any AC running in a room.
  • Your AC unit has excessive moisture around it.
  • Your vents emit bad odors.
  • Energy costs are on the rise. Older systems are less efficient, so they have to work harder to keep your home or office cool, which results in high energy bills.

Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacing

If you ignore these signs and keep your old furnace running, you could be burning more than money on the utility bill. Here are five signs that it’s time to replace your furnace:

  • When the heating is turned on and off, some furnaces will cycle. It will lead to inconsistent heating throughout the home if it does not complete a heating cycle
  • Condensation on windows or moist air could indicate a furnace problem if they were not there before.
  • There can be leaks, cracks, and structural problems with a furnace. As it struggles to continue its work, various sounds emanate from it over time.
  • As a result of aging, there are frequent breakdowns.
  • An AFUE rating tells you how efficient a furnace is at burning fuel. For example, an 80 rating indicates the furnace uses 80% of the fuel supply to heat the house.
  • Rust, soot, dirt, dust, and other debris can accumulate in furnaces. Ground-up particles can travel around the home and find their way into the heat produced.
  • Color discoloration. When the burner’s flame is yellow, it indicates it is not operating at full potential; hence carbon monoxide cannot escape properly.

How Do You Get Heat In Homes?

The most common way to heat your home is through a furnace. A furnace is a piece of equipment that burns natural gas, propane, or oil to produce heat. Its a sealed system allows it to burn fuel more efficiently and safely.

In homes with central air conditioning systems, heat can be provided by ductwork rather than a furnace. In these cases, the ductwork is connected to an air conditioner so that air can circulate through the house.

How Do You Get Air Conditioning?

Air conditioners use refrigerants and other gases to remove heat from the air. They can be installed in rooms or used on their own as portable units. Depending on the size of your home, an air conditioner may need to get installed.

There is no correct answer for installing an air conditioner—you’ll need to consider what kind of system works for your family and your home’s layout before deciding where to put it.

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How Much Is It Cost to Install a Furnace and an AC?

If you are looking to install an AC, the installation cost will depend on your location and the unit size. The installation will run between $2500 and $6,000 plus equipment. Sometimes, your local utility may offer a rebate for new AC units installed in your home. If you have questions about whether or not you qualify for this rebate or are interested in applying, contact your local utility company to learn more information.

The cost to install a furnace depends on the size and type of furnace. The most expensive furnaces are those with multiple-speed motors and high-efficiency burners that can adjust to different conditions. Installation costs vary depending on whether you have an old or new furnace and whether you have a gas or electric furnace. The average installation cost for a new gas furnace is $3,800-10,000, while the average installation cost for a new electric furnace is $ 1200- 5975.

What AC unit Should I Replace?

The decision to replace your air conditioner’s inside or outside portions is a bit more complicated than it may seem. A technician often recommends replacing the inside and outside portions of the air conditioner.

If your home is ten years old or older and has not been properly maintained, you may consider replacing both sides of the unit. If your home is new, you may want to consider only replacing the outside portion of the unit. Contact a professional if you’re unsure whether you should replace the inside or outside portion of your air conditioner.

The problem you may run into with your AC and furnace is that the two systems are designed to work together. Because of this, if you try to replace just the AC unit, your system may not function properly. You may need both systems at the same time. Before you decide to replace your AC unit and not your entire HVAC system, you must consult with a professional first to see if that’s even an option. If a  professional brings the idea of replacing both simultaneously, they should give you a compelling reason.

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