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What is the typical cost of replacing my air conditioner?

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Melbourne, FLReplacing the air conditioning system in your home can be a pretty big job. Sometimes it’s necessary if the system is very old and constantly breaking down. You might also want to replace older air conditioning systems with newer, more energy-efficient units.

According to homeadvisor.com, most homeowners spent between $3,692 and $7,134 to install a new air conditioning unit, with the average cost coming in at $5,238 (this is for a central AC unit, not window air conditioners).

Cost Factors

There are several factors involved with how much it costs to replace the air conditioning in your home. One of the biggest factors is the size of your house. If you have a big house and want to cover every room, you’ll need a bigger system.

An air conditioning unit is measured in tons, specifically, the amount of heat it can remove from your home in one hour. A one-ton unit can remove 12,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs), and a three-ton unit can remove 36,000 BTUs. More cooling power is necessary for bigger homes.

Get the Right Size System

Getting the right size system is crucial so talk to HVAC professionals. You don’t want too big a system since it will constantly cycle on and off while wasting energy and increasing your utility costs. If the system is too small though it will be running all the time, inefficiently cooling your house. If you own a 1,600-square foot house a two and a half ton unit should provide sufficient cooling power.

If your home never had central air conditioning additional work will be needed. Your electrical panel will need new breakers; new wiring has to be run, and new ductwork needs to be installed.

Load Calculation

An HVAC professional will come to your home and do an assessment, or load calculation, to figure out the appropriate air conditioning unit that you’ll need. The assessment considers your home’s square footage, climate, overall shape, and orientation.

The professional will also take into account any existing insulation and the walls, floors, and windows at your house. Existing ducts and vents are also examined, and the professional will also look for seals and possible leaks.

One general rule of thumb is every 500 to 600 square feet need one ton of cooling, but this can also vary based on location and contractor.

Contact Qualified Professionals

If you’re looking to replace your air conditioning contact the experts at Hearth & Home Heating and Cooling. We provide expert advice and can examine your home and find the right-sized system for all your air conditioning requirements. Give us a call at 321-426-1717 for any and all questions and service needs.

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