How Much Does It Cost to Install an HVAC Unit?
Home maintenance decisions can often feel incessant, with new issues popping up nearly every day. Some problems are minor and can typically be handled by the average homeowner.
Like installing a new central air conditioning unit, others are more complicated and generally require an HVAC expert’s skill and competence. Unfortunately, more complicated projects can often mean they are more expensive.
AC installation prices vary widely depending on the unit’s cost and the amount of additional work required. You can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000 for central air conditioner installation.
Which Air Conditioning Unit Type Do You Need?
Central air costs are driven in part by the type of unit you want to install. When selecting an AC unit for installation, there are three cost factors to consider:
The Cooling Capacity
The larger your home, the more powerful (and often more expensive) your AC unit will be. Cooling capacity is measured in “tons.” You need one ton for every 400 square feet being cooled by the unit. This means a home with a size of 1,600 square feet will require a four-ton air conditioning unit.
The Central Air Conditioner Brand or Model
Average prices fluctuate among manufacturers. A high-quality AC unit will last longer; however, installing one of these models will likely cost you more upfront.
The SEER Rating
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures how energy-efficient air conditioning systems are. In other words, how effectively they work to cool the air.
Air conditioning units with higher SEER ratings are more costly at the time of installation. Yet, you will save money on your energy bills over time due to their lower electricity usage.
Cost Depends on Additional Time and Work Before Installation
Besides the direct costs of purchasing and installing your new AC unit, there may also be additional expenses associated with prepping your house for the installation.
If you currently have a central air conditioner installed and only need a replacement for your worn-out equipment, these additional items aren’t likely set you back too much.
Though if your home is older and doesn’t have a central system in place, or if existing ductwork is damaged or needs to be updated, your costs could be noticeably higher.
Additional expenses might include:
- AC unit removal — If your AC unit is older, it will need to be removed and disposed of properly.
- New ductwork — Materials and labor for planning and installing a system of ducts in your attic and walls. These ducts will channel cool air from your new unit throughout your home and into each room of your house.
- Duct system repairs — Even if you currently have central air conditioning, your duct system may be worn out, damaged, and in need of repair.
- City and county permits and inspections — Pulling city and county permits and undergoing inspections ensure that your AC unit installation is done to code.
- Electrical line installation — Additional lines may need to be installed to transmit the correct voltage of electricity to the unit safely.
- Plumbing work — Plumbing work might include the correct placement of drain piping and refrigerant lines.
- Pouring concrete — A new AC unit will need to be installed on a level and stable, concrete pad situated near the house.
- Framing and support — AC units placed on the roof or in the attic may require the house frame to be reinforced to support its weight.
Request Your Free Price Estimate from HVAC Alliance Expert
The best way to know exactly how much it will cost to install a new AC unit in your home is to set up a consultation with an HVAC Alliance Expert technician. We always provide fair and honest cost estimates, with no hidden fees or surprises tacked on later.
We also offer:
- Interest-free financing to accommodate any budget
- A 100% satisfaction guarantee
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