How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost?

May 25, 2021

With ample maintenance, your air conditioner can run for 15 years or longer. But even the most well- maintained air conditioner will need to be removed at some point.

When you’re beginning to plan for air conditioning installation in Sacramento, we are aware that the expense is number one on your list of questions. The silver lining is that buying a new air conditioner could be more economical than you are aware, due to rebates, our special offers and financing for qualified customers. You’ll also receive better energy efficiency, which will likely pay off over time through cheaper electrical bills.

Here’s what to anticipate when you’re installing a new air conditioner.

When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Knowing when to repair or replace your air conditioner may be difficult. Here’s what our pros recommend.

Replace

  1. Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old. While some might run longer, most air conditioners work for around 15 years with regular maintenance. We recommend getting ready for air conditioning replacement close to the 10-year point. Even if you get a new one when it’s only a decade old, the U.S. Department of Energy says this swap could save you 20-40% on cooling expenses.
  2. You’ve avoided regular maintenance for a long time. Much like a car, you cooling system requires regular air conditioning maintenance. Overlooking this critical service can lead to decreased efficiency, more frequent repairs and even a reduced life span.
  3. Your air conditioner requires frequent or expensive repairs. Needing air conditioning repair is frequently the outcome of skipping service. But as your air conditioner ages, it’s more likely to experience a big problem. When repairs are higher than half the cost of a new air conditioner, it’s time to get a new one.
  4. Your house feels unpleasant. If your house feels too sticky or you’re dealing with hot and cold spots in specific spaces, your air conditioner could be struggling to keep up. This is a clue it’s time to replace it.
  5. Your cooling bills are costly. Your air conditioner becomes less efficient as it gets older. As a consequence, it might need to operate more frequently or longer to keep your residence at your desired setting. Newer air conditioners have the latest energy-efficient technology to keep your house cool and utility expenses reasonable.
  6. Your air conditioner runs on R-22 refrigerant. If your air conditioner was replaced before 2010, there’s a good chance it runs on Freon. Also known as R-22, this refrigerant is no longer being manufactured due to its bad effects on the environment. You can keep using your air conditioner, but if it were to experience a refrigerant leak, repairing that would be extraordinarly expensive. This is because R-22 is only available in limited, recycled amounts.

Repair

  1. Your air conditioner is no more than 10 years old. If your air conditioner is newer, it’s smartest to repair it.
  2. Repairs aren’t needed all the time or inexpensive. The wisest way to stop unexpected repairs is to have annual maintenance completed. But when repairs are only needed intermittently or are inexpensive, repair your air conditioner.
  3. Your air conditioner has a valid warranty. Most air conditioners are accompanied by a 5- to 10-year limited warranty that usually covers the compressor. Your exact warranty length is determined by your manufacturer, but it provides valuable protection in the event of a huge failure. If your air conditioner is protected by warranty, we advise fixing it.

Air Conditioner Cost

The majority of homeowners spend around $4,631 on a new air conditioner, per national averages compiled by HomeGuide. Air conditioner cost averages often range from $3,350 to $5,912, but your precise cost may be different.

There are a few details that impact your total cost, like:

  • The air conditioner model you select, because more energy-efficient ones are pricier.
  • The size your home needs.
  • If you need to replace your ductwork, which can happen if your ductwork is old or separated.

We offer free estimates at American HVAC Inc so you can be confident you’re getting a fantastic deal. And with our full range of air conditioners, there’s an energy-efficient model that fits just about any budget.

Air Conditioner Size

Air conditioner size is essential. A system that’s too small will have difficulty keeping your residence cool. And one that’s too large could turn on and off too often, or short cycle. This action can increase your utility bill and wear your air conditioner out prematurely. This may also create temperature variability and make your home feel less comfy.

At American HVAC Inc, our pros have many years of experience in correctly sizing and installing the right air conditioner for your home. The right size depends on how large your home is, in addition to a couple other considerations. Some of the most common sizes include:

  • 2 ton, which cools up to 1,000 square feet
  • 3 ton, which cools up to 1,600 square feet
  • 4 ton, which cools up to 1,900 square feet
  • 5 ton, which cools more than 2,000 square feet

Other factors that can affect air conditioner size are:

  • The climate in Sacramento
  • Ductwork quality and age
  • How many windows your house has and the style, since large or picture windows can be less efficient
  • If your house receives more sun or shade
  • Insulation quality and concentration
  • How many people are in your family

SEER Ratings

Your air conditioner’s efficiency is tied to its SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. This rating measures how well it consumes electricity to create cooling. The bigger the ranking, the more efficient the air conditioner is.

When you’re installing a new air conditioner, it’s important to be aware:

  • Old air conditioners are classified around 8-9 SEER.
  • Modern air conditioners start at 13 SEER. Ones installed in the southwest and southeast must be at least 14 SEER due to U.S. Department of Energy mandates. As of 2017, these SEER rating requirements have saved homeowners trillions of dollars.
  • ENERGY STAR®-certified air conditioners begin at 14.5 SEER.
  • Higher SEER-rated air conditioners come with more features to help you save more. These features may include variable-speed cooling. Instead of operating at full blast all the time, these air conditioners can fine-tune blower speeds adjusted for your cooling needs. This results in quieter and more energy-efficient air conditioning. While an air conditioner with a better SEER rating is usually higher priced, it may be eligible for valuable rebates. And the energy savings over its life span might help it pay for itself.

Start Your Air Conditioning Installation with American HVAC Inc Now

When you’re doing air conditioning replacement, the company who puts it in is just as critical as the model you choose. American HVAC Inc is one of the number one names for air conditioning installation in Sacramento. From helping you select the right solution for your home to discussing financing options to professional installation, working with our pros is a breeze. Reach us at 916-243-6714 to start today!