Before we get into some pricing expectations, we would like to talk about the anticipated lifespan of your typical unit. The average air conditioner should have a lifespan of anywhere between 8-15 years depending on a large number of factors. Below are some of the critical things that affect how long your ac will last before it needs to be replaced.
- The size of the unit in proportion to the size of your home or business. If the unit that is connected to your house is too small it is going to have to virtually work around the clock to keep your house cool. This puts a large strain on the unit, shortening the expected lifespan of the condenser and coils. If the unit is too large it is going to have frequent shutoffs. Although this sounds like it might be ideal, short cycles do not allow your unit to properly dehumidify your house. This creates excess moisture and can cause damage to your coils and outside condenser.
- The duct design in your home or business. Air conditioners need proper airflow in order to work at an efficient level. Poor duct design affects the return airflow of the unit by not properly supplying the unit with air to cool. If your home does not have the adequate airflow it can also lead to the unit having to work harder to keep your residence or business at ideal temperatures.
- How well your unit has been maintained. It is important that your unit is properly maintained. As a homeowner, one of the most important things you can do it is to frequently change your filters. If you live in a particularly dusty area we recommend that you change your filters once or twice every few months. You will also want to get in touch with a local air conditioner tune-up company to make sure that your unit is running as efficiently as possible.
How much does a new air conditioner cost?
The fact of the matter is that getting a new unit has a wide price range. The national average is anywhere between $5,000 – $12,000 dollars depending on several factors. Typically the largest things that will result in a higher price are.
- The efficiency of your new unit. High-end efficient units typically cost more money but save you money on your energy bill as a trade off. This is a lot like buying a car. You can get a Cadillac or a Toyota, the needs of your home and family can be discussed with professional air conditioner installers so that you can find the ideal unit for your cooling needs.
- The overall condition of your previously installed system. If your ductwork has been compromised or if this is the first time you are installing central air in your home or business the amount of labor that is going to be required will go up and ultimately result in a higher price for a new unit.
- The size of your home or business. The larger the structure that needs to be cooled the larger the unit is going to be. Your HVAC specialist will be able to provide you with a wide range of options so that you are looking at units with the optimal tonnage and SEER rating to meet your cooling needs in the most efficient and money saving way possible.
Speak to an HVAC company before you get a new unit.
Purchasing and installing a new ac unit is a big decision. One that can affect your home as well as the occupants that live there. It is in your best interest that you work with a reliable and honest company to help make the best decisions for you. If you have any questions or concerns we can be reached 24 hours a day on our office line at 801-930-0629.