Why Should I Replace My Furnace And AC Together

Replacing just one part of your HVAC system can be costly. But, if you’re getting a new heating or cooling component, you should consider whether to replace your AC and furnace at the same time. You can save money and get some peace of mind in the long run if:

  • Both your heater and air conditioner are getting old
  • You’re planning to retire and move to a fixed income soon
  • You’re ready to improve your system’s overall efficiency
  • There is an opportunity to save money on installation

Getting a new heating unit or air conditioner is a big expense. But, these units don’t last forever. At some point, you need to think about buying a new one.

It’s understandable that people want to think about a single big-ticket item at a time. But, if one part of your HVAC system is ready to go, you should think about replacing it all at the same time.

Now, this isn’t always necessary. We’re not going to tell you to spend thousands of dollars when you don’t have to. If we did, we wouldn’t have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and great online review from customers in Minneapolis and St. Paul among other places.

But, this is worth considering:

There are many situations where you save money in the long run when you overhaul your entire HVAC system even if you only need a new air conditioner or heater in the immediate future.

We’ll go through the factors you should consider once you’re in the market for new HVAC equipment. You’ll want to take stock of these yourself. Then, talk it all over with a professional, reliable contractor.

Then, you’ll know if this is the right strategy for you.

How to know if you should replace your AC and furnace at the same time

If you’re considering whether to replace your AC and furnace at the same time, here are three big questions to ask yourself:

Let’s take a closer look at all three of these.

Age of the units. The first thing you want to consider is how long you’ve had everything. After all, you could be about to go through the hassle of choosing and financing one unit only to do the same thing again in a few years.

If both your heating and cooling units are getting older, it may make more sense to change them both at the same time.

Now, it’s important to note that furnaces can last up to 30 years if you keep it well-maintained. That’s twice as long as the average air conditioner lifespan.

If you’ve had your heater a decade or two longer than the cooling system, have a tech check it out. It may be almost time for a new one of those as well.

Energy Efficiency. What we mean by this is how much power – electricity, gas, oil, etc. – your HVAC system uses to do the job.

Lower efficiency means it uses more energy to do the same job as a model that uses less power to get the same effect.

When you swap out any HVAC model with a newer model you’re almost certainly guaranteed to get a more energy-efficient, money-saving setup for your home.

As technology progresses, all appliances naturally become more efficient. However, there were a few milestones. For instance, requirements for central air efficiency rose thanks to new federal guidelines in 2006.

Meanwhile, all units become less efficient as they get older. Plainly put, they just don’t work as well as they used to once they’re near the end of their service life.

Personal finances. We mentioned before how you want to avoid two major purchases in a relatively short amount of time. Well, that’s even more of a consideration if you’re getting ready to retire.

When people leave the workforce, they’re usually moving into a fixed income: Relying on Social Security payments, pension, and retirement plans from here on out. You can’t rely on raises and bonuses increase your monthly income.

As you approach your 60th birthday, you should consider replacing both your heater and cooling system at the same time when one of them breaks down for good.

Remember, a well-maintained heating unit can last up to three decades. This way, there’s one less financial strain that can hit you later in life.

How to save money on your HVAC replacement projects

Sure, on paper it may seem like a good idea to replace more than one expensive appliance at the same time. But, it can still be very daunting from a financial standpoint. Fortunately, there are ways to make it a little easier on your wallet. And, you can unlock a few extra benefits.

First, there are rebate opportunities. These are actually easy to get, and they can take a big chunk out of your upfront costs.

Today, most energy companies offer cash incentives for homeowners to replace their old HVAC equipment with energy-efficient appliances.

Here in Minneapolis, check out the offers from Minnesota Energy Resources. Depending on what new equipment you choose you can save anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. That makes the purchases a lot easier.

Next, you have the advantages that come with a matching system. We touched on one aspect of this before: Increased efficiency.

That’s when you save money by installing equipment that uses less money to do the job. But, there’s more.

When you overhaul both your heating and cooling units at once, you can coordinate the project to save you money in the long run.

And, the savings don’t stop there.

We mentioned before how you’ll save money in the long run when you install more efficient equipment. Well, just purchasing and installing it all at once helps with that, too. When you do this, your contractor can:

  • Design the system for maximum efficiency
  • Install both components faster and for less money
  • Maximize the warranties on both units

A significant advantage here is setting up your new system so that it uses some of the same components. Once both the heating and cooling systems use the same blower or handler, it can treat your home better in all seasons.

Meanwhile, you’re not paying for two jobs: One to replace, say the heater today and then another for the AC three years later. That saves you money on labor and parts, not to mention permits or other costs.

Finally, all your equipment will be new at the same time – and under warranty at the same time. And, newer equipment breaks down less than older units.

When you get both a new heating and cooling system at the same time, you cut down on the number of repairs you’ll need for the next few years.

Now, you can move to a lower-tier maintenance agreement if you have one. And, in general, you’ll spend less on repair calls with all-new equipment.

Switching to ductless HVAC for better efficiency and climate control

We talked about you can increase your energy efficiency when you overhaul your entire system at once. Well, there’s an even greater opportunity than just getting rid of a worn-out system.

A ductless HVAC system can offer you more control and comfort than traditional systems. It can also greatly reduce your energy bills.

Ductless uses a mini-split setup to deliver better heat and cooling than traditional systems. And, it costs much less on your energy bills.

It does this with an outdoor heat pump that uses heat transfer technology rather than generating warmth by burning fossil fuels.

Inside, wall-mounted air handlers circulate the air much more efficiently than ducts and vents. And, they use inverter technology – kind of like cruise control for your HVAC – to maintain the temperature you want while running in a low-power mode.

Ductless is an all-in-one heating and cooling package. You can eliminate hot and cold spots and watch your energy bills drop.

Of course, like any whole-home heating and cooling solution, it’s a significant investment. But, if you’re ready for an entirely new system, this upgrade is worth considering.  

Are you thinking about the best way to invest in new HVAC equipment? Contact us, and we’ll design a system that’s perfect for your home!

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mavis eng
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sandra lee
sandra lee
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Nina Sebregts
Nina Sebregts
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Ethan did a fantastic job! He did a great job analyzing the system, providing recomendations and information needed to make an informed decision. He took his time explaining what was done and why. Thank you!
John Teichroew
John Teichroew
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Thumbs up for... (1) GOOD COMMUNICATION, between the office/dispatcher and service technician and, to be appreciated even more so, between the technician and ourselves, the homeowners, by keeping us posted on his current timetable and probable ETA; (2) careful evaluation of our split-ductless AC system and its units, both inside and outside the house; (3) upfront and forthright TRANSPARENCY from the service tech, showing us both existing problem areas as well as potential problem areas, and apprising us of precise cost(s) involved in rectifying those situations; (4) a demonstration of professional expertise in identifying the primary problem - in this instance, an ever-so-slight but incremental leak of coolant; (5) SUCCESSFULLY making the necessary repairs and restoring the system to proper functionality - which, ultimately, is what we were in pursuit of; and (6) throughout this whole process, encompassing a period of more than three hours, Aquarius' service tech, David Boggie, was altogether CORDIAL and PERSONABLE.Thank you!
Stephanie Thomas
Stephanie Thomas
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Nick and his apprentice Tim were amazing. Very thorough and took the time to explain everything! Very upfront with the issues found and explained all my options. I would highly recommend them.
Alan Gengenbach
Alan Gengenbach
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Jeff Lorenz
Jeff Lorenz
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Eric was very professional did a great job!
T B
T B
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Brian Newell
Brian Newell
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Casey and Adam were very friendly and professional. They answered all my questions
Candace Lovett
Candace Lovett
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Where are my pictures
Audrey DeYoung
Audrey DeYoung
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Matt Kallenberg
Matt Kallenberg
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Nick and Tim were great. Nick really knows his stuff and is super thorough. I would definitely recommend him
Bill Bush
Bill Bush
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mary bond
mary bond
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Our water heater went out on Fri evening. We called Aquarius early Sat morning and they said earliest they could get out was Mon. On Sun I received a text confirming our Mon appointment but on Mon morning they called and said the earliest they could get to us was the following week !We should be without hot water till then ? We are not a new customer…. 5 months previously we had a new furnace and air conditioner installed at quite an expense. I am appalled at their service or rather lack there of ! As an established customer they felt waiting approximately 10days without water was acceptable Bad, Bad, Bad !Two weeks later…The air conditioner Aquarius installed in Dec failed to cool when we turned it on on our 1st warm days. After the poor experience I had had with them I didn’t want to deal with them again but since it was under warranty I had to. We were told we would have a technician out Wed morning. After waiting at home all day they called and canceled at 4pm. We were rescheduled for Fri morning. We had several calls during the day with updates At 5:22 pm we received a cal the tech would be here at 6pm. We cancelled our dinner reservation and are awaiting his arrival.I realize our air conditioning is not an emergency but we have spent 2days waiting for our scheduled service. This is in addition to the 10days they wanted us to wait for a new water heater(which I do think is an emergency) I feel bad for the tech who I’m sure has had a long day and must now come at 6 on a Fri evening. Once again I repeat Aquarius has failed us again !!Wow !!!Now July ….it continues !! The duct from our air conditioning system has come loose and is spewing cold air in my basement. A service technician arrived and said the wrong connection was used. He said he would order the right part and return the next day. (Wednesday) The appointment was scheduled for today for between 12 - 3. When no one arrived by 3pm, I called and was told the part hadn’t arrived and they would reschedule for next Monday…5 days out.UGH…. I would have thought someone could have called before I wasted several hours waiting and now I can look forward to several days without efficient air conditioning and another day of waiting for a technician. Life is too short to have to deal with such repeated poor work and lousy service !! Oh, but they did say they’re sorry 😢
Sim Ngiratregd
Sim Ngiratregd
1721248048
Micah Williams plumbing technician performed excellent job inspecting our house plumbing system, recommended new water heater because the existing one is over 17 years old. Within 4.5 hours the new water heater was installed with quality and workmanship exceeding my expectations. The purchase price was great as well as the purchase financing option. Over service rating is Excellent!
Cathy Luk
Cathy Luk
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I was very happy with Brent'service. He was professional and patient in explaining the problem he found with my AC. If future problems arise, I will definitely ask for him.
Melissa Cain
Melissa Cain
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Aquarius has always had amazing customer service. We recently had our furnace and ac replaced and their team have been informative and personable while maintain professionalism. Thank you to Nicholas Sarinske, Mike Sippel, Matt Kellenberger, Nate Huettl, and anyone else I may have forgotten.
Dan Carlson
Dan Carlson
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Boni Beisell
Boni Beisell
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EVERYONE at Aquarius is extremely customer oriented! From first contact with customer service: "Thank you for calling Aquarius Home Service, How can I make you smile today?" (that happily delivered addage always does), all the way through to their exemplary Home Service techs, I have always felt well taken care of; as though their #1 goal was to insure my needs be met, to my highest satisfaction. Aquarius Maintenance technicians are polite and respectful of my home and personal time. They go to great pains to take pictures of any equipment they're working on & point out current issues along with potential future things to be aware of - all in plain English - so I can make informed decisions on fixes needed now or plan pros & cons of 'holding off for a while'. They don't push, they give facts, share expertise, let me decide. . . . and make me smile, everytime.I will happily encourage friends & family to call Aquarius for home service.
LuAnn Suilmann
LuAnn Suilmann
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Ethan was polite, knowledgeable, and efficient on time. Well done. Very happy.
Dave W
Dave W
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Very good communications and tech skills. Good info on repair or replace decision.
Ed Bailen
Ed Bailen
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Nick and Tim did a very thorough job in diagnosing my mom's furnace/ac problems.I would highly recommend them.
Jack Livingston
Jack Livingston
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Nicholas was an extremely helpful technician. He was thorough and fixed our issue at a reasonable cost. We were impressed with the customer service we got both from him and everyone at Aquarius. Thanks for getting us in within 24 hours, fixing our air conditioning and explaining what was going on.
Sandy Oldeen
Sandy Oldeen
1721089662
Mike Lauer from Aquarius came to service my A/C. Mike was so kind in informing me of my options. He had my trust right away. In the end I purchased a new unit. Mike is definitely an asset to Aquarius. Thanks for the good service Mike!
Karen Arcand
Karen Arcand
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Leigh Griffith
Leigh Griffith
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Nick did a nice job of showing us what was affecting our AC and the problems that were looming with our furnace.
Scott Moore
Scott Moore
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The technician worked hard and did a great job.
Mary Cole
Mary Cole
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Had technician, Nathan come to perform yearly check on AC Very knowledgeable and explained everything. Bonus points for fixing the pesky rattle from the ductwork!
Jessica McDougall
Jessica McDougall
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Aquarius has consistently been great at fast response times, responsive communication, and willingness to teach about the maintenance procedures they perform. We will never go back to anyone else!
Nancy Melvin
Nancy Melvin
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Provided prompt and professional service.
Sean M
Sean M
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Stephen Clonkey
Stephen Clonkey
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Riley was very thorough and communicated with us very well.
Jessica Kohl
Jessica Kohl
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Mike C was my technician and he was AWESOME, very nice, knowledgeable, respectful inside my home (wore booties, didn’t touch newly painted walls, even picking up clumps of insulation on the carpet and putting in his pocket so it wasn’t on the floor, turning off lights) he was great!
Tim Peterson
Tim Peterson
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Highly recommend Aquarius Home Services. Mike was very professional and explained everything in easy to understand detail. Keep up the good work!
Natalia Yasama
Natalia Yasama
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There is no better technician than Riley !Very professional, honest , perfectionist. 11 stars service .
Karl Witt
Karl Witt
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Super great experience! Air conditioning went out at 10 o’clock in the morning and the technician arrived here by 1:45 and completed the repair in less than 45 minutes. Graham, the technician, was really awesome and did a great job with repair.
Bonster Bon
Bonster Bon
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He did a good job representing your company young man explain things thank you Ethan
JD Smith
JD Smith
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Excellent deal, sales person, and installation techs. Staff are friendly, they listen to you, and are professional! Two thumbs up! Thank you Thomas, Mick, and Jeff!
Hans Schroeder
Hans Schroeder
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Mary Schmuland
Mary Schmuland
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Professional, proficient, courteous, and going above and beyond! We were extremely satisfied with John and his plumbing services; removed garbage disposal, connected new faucet and soap dispenser, rectified hook-up with Aquarius water filter to our refrigerator, and installed new sink drains. He was prompt, worked in a congested cabinet, and did a superb job with attention to details. Would be glad to trust him and his expertise, again! Pleasant and focused!
Carmelo Panetta
Carmelo Panetta
1720569940
Brandon did a great job cleaning five mini split airconditioning, including fixing a broken one.
Ayrlahn Johnson
Ayrlahn Johnson
1720566419
The Boogieman came out and fixed our furnace and AC in one fell swoop. Got them both working. We were heated up a bit but now Cooler heads 😎 are prevailing!
Gregg Barker
Gregg Barker
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Riley and Brent did an awesome job. The communication with scheduling and knowing when someone was coming was frustrating as the time kept changing.
Becky Hansen
Becky Hansen
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No pressure sales appointment tget went over all tge options, got an appointment with 3 days to have the install. The install guys gave ne s call ahead. They put in the nee furnace & AC unit, explained what they did and also showed us. They took ff the service call charge as we bought the units as it was not worth fixing (our AC was 41 years old we found out) Travis Lee and his partner were professional and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend Aquarius
Denise Bratvold
Denise Bratvold
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Another seamless experience with Aquarius Home Services. The timely communication with Jeremy from before arrival continued as he worked through my water heater problem and options for solutions. Would highly recommended AHS.
LaNae Christenson
LaNae Christenson
1720536581
Chris came to evaluate a slow leak and quickly found the source of the problem. He gave the best and worst case scenario and got to work right away. I appreciated his candor and professionalism throughout the entire process and am very pleased with the result. I would definitely call again if needed.
Barb Galvez
Barb Galvez
1720535493
Tech was awesome, friendly and very well qualified for my AC tune ups.
melissa goldman
melissa goldman
1720478062
Just can't say enough good things about Aquarius. We've general contracted a couple of our own homes and have never worked with such professional, knowledgeable and kind people. We had a Kinetico system installed that Brian coordinated. Even though we have Kinetico water filtration in other homes and are familiar, he pointed out things that we didn't know. Paul worked on our plumbing and was equally wonderful. Just made everything so easy. We had a sizeable amount of electrical work done by Dave and AJ and Erik. Absolutely top shelf every step of the way. AJ even, on his own time, went in search of a scarce part we needed to finish the upgrades. He found it and finished in one day! AJ really went above and beyond throughout. They all did. Truly so grateful to the teams and can't recommend them highly enough.
Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson
1720473879
They installed a tank less water heater. We were very impressed with their work. Very knowledgeable and courteous. A GREAT team.
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