How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost?

May 25, 2021

With ample maintenance, your air conditioner can last 15 years or greater. But even the best maintained air conditioner will need to be replaced down the road.

When you’re getting started planning for air conditioning installation in Anaheim, we realize that the expense tops your list of questions. The silver lining is that installing a new air conditioner may be more economical than you think it is, thanks to rebates, our special offers and financing for qualified customers. You’ll also enjoy better energy efficiency, which will usually pay off over the years through cheaper utility 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 might be tricky. Here’s what we recommend.

Replace

  1. Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old. While some might work longer, most air conditioners work for around 15 years with annual maintenance. We recommend prepping for air conditioning replacement around the 10-year mark. Even if you get a new one when it’s only a decade old, the U.S. Department of Energy says this tweak could save you 20-40% on cooling costs.
  2. You’ve skipped regular maintenance for too long. Much like a car, you cooling system requires annual air conditioning maintenance. Not doing this important service can cause decreased efficiency, more recurring repairs and even a shorter life span.
  3. Your air conditioner requires frequent or pricey repairs. Needing air conditioning repair is usually the result of overlooking maintenance. But as your air conditioner ages, it’s more likely to have a major malfunction. When repairs are more than half the cost of a new air conditioner, you should get a new one.
  4. Your house is uncomfortable. If your home feels too humid or you’re having hot and cold spots in specific rooms, your air conditioner might be struggling to keep up. This is a hint you need to replace it.
  5. Your energy bills are costly. Your air conditioner gets less efficient as it becomes older. Consequently, it may need to work more often or longer to keep your residence at your desired temp. Newer air conditioners have the top energy-efficient technology to keep your residence comfy and energy expenses reasonable.
  6. Your air conditioner runs on R-22 refrigerant. If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, there’s a good chance it runs on Freon. Also referred to as R-22, this refrigerant is no longer being made due to its bad effects on the environment. You can continue to use your air conditioner, but if it were to develop a refrigerant leak, solving that would be very expensive. This is because R-22 is only available in limited, recycled quantities.

Repair

  1. Your air conditioner is under 10 years old. If your air conditioner is newer, it’s wisest to repair it.
  2. Repairs aren’t common or economical. The wisest way to stop unanticipated repairs is to have annual service scheduled. But when repairs are only needed intermittently or are economical, repair your air conditioner.
  3. Your air conditioner is under warranty. Most air conditioners come with a 5- to 10-year limited warranty that often covers the compressor. Your exact warranty length is determined by your manufacturer, but it offers valuable protection in the event of a major failure. If your air conditioner is under 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 could be lower or higher.

There are a couple of details that affect your total cost, such as:

  • 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 be required if your ductwork is dated or damaged.

We give free estimates at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. so you can be sure you’re getting a good deal. And with our wide range of air conditioners, there’s an energy-efficient model that fits just about any budget.

Air Conditioner Size

Air conditioner size is critical. A system that’s too little won’t be able to keep your residence cool. And one that’s too large could turn on and off too many times, or short cycle. This behavior can increase your cooling costs and wear your air conditioner out prematurely. This may also cause temperature variability and make your house feel less comfy.

At Eco Fresh HVAC Inc., our pros have many years of experience in correctly sizing and installing the right air conditioner for your house. The right size depends on how spacious your house is, plus a couple other factors. Some of the most typical 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 considerations that can affect air conditioner size are:

  • The weather in Anaheim
  • Ductwork quality and age
  • How many windows your house has and the style, because large or picture windows can be more inefficient
  • If your home receives more sun or shade
  • Insulation quality and thickness
  • How many people are in your family

SEER Ratings

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

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

  • 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 no less than 14 SEER due to U.S. Department of Energy requirements. 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 involve variable-speed cooling. Instead of running at 100% constantly, these air conditioners can fine-tune blower speeds based on your cooling requirements. This creates quieter and more energy-efficient comfort. While an air conditioner with a better SEER rating is typically higher priced, it could be eligible for extra rebates. And the energy savings over its lifetime might help it pay for itself.

Start Your Air Conditioning Installation with Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. Now

When you’re planning for air conditioning replacement, the company who installs it is just as essential as the model you choose. Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. is one of the top names for air conditioning installation in Anaheim. From helping you choose the right solution for your home to reviewing financing options to professional installation, partnering with us is a breeze. Reach us at 714-855-1717 to get started today!