Replacing Your AC – What’s the Average Cost of An Air Conditioner Replacement?

Deciding if it’s time to replace your air conditioner should not be taken lightly. It costs thousands! Its a difficult decision to make, and one that only you can decide- especially when weighing the cost of services and maintenance to keep an old unit operating confidently.

Oftentimes, we get calls for a 2nd opinion (for a recommended install)- and we judge that the system still has lots of life! Other contractors are quick to recommend a new installation- surprising? So if you find yourself in this quandary, here is a quick guide to help you decide if the time is right for a replacement AC unit. We’ll also inform you on the average cost of air conditioner replacement

The choice is basically- keep repairing and servicing an aging unit, or replace your home comfort system for a new one.

Technological Advancement Makes New AC Installation Better

air conditioning maintenance proceduresFor about 10 years now, there is a new refrigerant that is not as toxic to the ozone.. So upgrading is good. Also, new units are vastly superior in utility consumption. This means that new systems DO cost money, but you will cut your utility bill by a sizeable amount each month. Good to consider if you will finance the unit. Plus, the units work more effectively to keep you cool- they are not running full steam.

Simple Repairs to Make to Your Air Conditioner

If you have been told you need to unclog the condenser unit or replace the fan belt- Repair it- these are not telling of a system about to break down.. Just standard repairs. There may also be problems in your duct systems, and your technician can help out with that analysis. So before thinking ‘Oh no, there’s a problem- I need a new unit.’ Pause for a second and get advice.

If you have faulty ducts, the best and most expensive system in the world won’t do much.

The Average Cost to Replace a Central Air Conditioner

The cost to replace will be between $2,375 and $7,500 based on your preference, size of home, and other inputs. The average is about $4,500. This price table from pickhvac:

H2: Tips for a New Central A/C

  1. Choose the right size and efficiency with features you want. 
  2. Find a qualified contractor that will properly install the unit. 
  3. Get it installed at a fair and competitive installation price.

Choose the right size and efficiency with features you want. 

You may want the minimum size and features, or the most complete system. Your HVAC technician can help you determine which systems are appropriate for your needs and budget. Smaller systems these days go the extra mile.

Find a qualified contractor that will properly install the unit. 

Marthedal Solar, Air & Heating is a leading home air conditioning company in the San Joaquin valley. Call us today at 559-266-9525 to discuss your options and schedule your free in-home consultation. Just read our 27 5 star reviews.

Get it installed at a fair and competitive installation price.

Call around and get quotes from contractors that know they are competing for the project.

You want a quality contractor at a good price. Be skeptical of low-ball offers- they may be inexperienced or poorly trained.. Or the company has a bad reputation and is looking for any work even below market value. 

A high price might mean the contractor has lots of other work and will de-prioritize your project or be unwilling to budge on the estimated price.
The best price is in the middle usually. Give us a call, you’ll be happy you did.

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