It’s no secret that a brand new central air conditioner can come with a hefty price tag. In fact, it often drives many homeowners to wonder if they can save money by swapping out only half of the system. At first glance, replacing only the indoor air handler or outdoor condenser cabinet seems like a fiscally smart move. However, replacing only half of your central air conditioner is a penny-wise yet pound-foolish decision that often proves painful in more ways than one.
Your New Equipment May Not Work With Your Old Unit
If you decide to replace only half of your current air conditioning system, you may run into compatibility issues between your new and old equipment. For starters, your current air conditioner may rely on R-22 or Freon, a once common refrigerant that is currently being phased out due to its documented environmental impact on the ozone layer.