Should I replace my indoor and outdoor units at the same time?
The answer is most likely YES for several reasons:
- Matched system design: All outdoor cooling units are specifically designed to work with matched indoor units for optimum efficiency and performance. Air conditioner and heat pumps may
"work" with other indoor units, but the result is a definite compromise in overall system performance.
- Design advances: In recent years, indoor blower coil units have undergone numerous design advances - especially in the areas of air handling performance, filtering efficiency and
operating sound levels. A new outdoor unit will also include the latest design advances.
- Higher cooling and heating efficiency: The cooling and/or heating efficiency rating assigned to a given air conditioner or heat pump is based on matched system performance. While you may gain higher
efficiency by replacing only the outdoor unit, the efficiency levels (and savings) will not be as high as with a matched system.
- Equipment age: If an air conditioner or heat pump outdoor unit is 10 years old and needs to be replaced, the indoor unit is just as old and has been subjected to the same amount
of wear and tear. Replacing both units means you won't have to replace the indoor unit in a short time - you'll have years of service from both units.
- New warranty: A new unit also gives you a new product warranty. Replacing the indoor unit at the same time as the outdoor unit gives you added peace of mind, knowing the
new warranty covers the entire system.
- Cost savings: At first, replacing only an air conditioner or heat pump outdoor unit may appear to be a bargain. That is, until you consider the lower efficiency, decreased
reliability and high cost of ownership associated with single-unit replacement. It may cost more to replace an entire system, but this gives you more efficiency,
reliability and comfort.