How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost?

May 25, 2021

With proper maintenance, your air conditioner can run for 15 years or greater. But even the best maintained air conditioner will need to be removed at some point.

When you’re getting started planning for air conditioning installation in Rochester, we are aware that the price is at the top of your list of questions. The silver lining is that getting a new air conditioner may be more affordable than you realize, because of rebates, our special offers and financing for qualified customers. You’ll also get improved energy efficiency, which will likely pay off over time through cheaper electrical bills.

Here’s what to expect when you’re getting a new air conditioner.

When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

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

Replace

  1. Your air conditioner is past 10 years old. While some could last longer, many air conditioners last for around 15 years with routine maintenance. We advise getting ready for air conditioning replacement near the 10-year age. Even if you replace it 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 routine maintenance for a long time. Similar to a car, you cooling system needs routine air conditioning maintenance. Not doing this crucial service can cause lower efficiency, more persistent repairs and even a reduced life span.
  3. Your air conditioner requires frequent or expensive repairs. Needing air conditioning repair is often the outcome of not doing tune-ups. But as your air conditioner gets old, it’s more likely to experience a big problem. When repairs are greater than half the cost of a new air conditioner, it’s time to get a new one.
  4. Your residence is uncomfortable. If your residence feels too humid or you’re dealing with hot and cold spots in specific rooms, your air conditioner could be having a hard time keeping up. This is a sign you should replace it.
  5. Your utility bills are expensive. Your air conditioner loses efficiency as it ages. Consequently, it could need to run more repeatedly or longer to keep your home at your desired temperature. Newer air conditioners have the top energy-efficient technology to keep your house comfy and energy bills low.
  6. Your air conditioner runs on R-22 refrigerant. If your air conditioner was replaced before 2010, there’s a high likelihood it has Freon. Also referred to as R-22, this refrigerant is no longer being produced as a result of its detrimental effects on the environment. You can continue to use your air conditioner, but if it were to experience a refrigerant leak, solving that would be extraordinarly expensive. This is because R-22 is only available in limited, recycled portions.

Repair

  1. Your air conditioner is less than 10 years old. If your air conditioner is newer, it’s wisest to repair it.
  2. Repairs aren’t common or reasonable. The wisest way to stop emergency repairs is to have yearly service done. But when repairs are only needed not very often or are inexpensive, repair your air conditioner.
  3. Your air conditioner is under warranty. Most air conditioners come with a 5- to 10-year limited warranty that typically covers the compressor. Your exact warranty length is up to your manufacturer, but it provides valuable protection in the event of a major failure. If your air conditioner is protected by warranty, we advise fixing it.

Air Conditioner Cost

Many homeowners spend around $4,631 on a new air conditioner, based on 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 several factors that impact your total cost, including:

  • The air conditioner model you choose, as more energy-efficient ones are more expensive.
  • The size your home needs.
  • If you need to install new ductwork, which can be needed if your ductwork is old or separated.

We give free estimates at Brogan Heating & AC Inc so you can be confident you’re getting a great deal. And with our full range of air conditioners, there’s an energy-efficient model that accommodates just about any budget.

Air Conditioner Size

Air conditioner size is critical. A system that’s too small will struggle to keep your home cool. And one that’s too large could turn on and off too frequently, or short cycle. This action can inflate your energy bill and wear your air conditioner out more quickly. This might also lead to temperature instabilities and make your home feel less cool.

At Brogan Heating & AC Inc, our professionals have many years of experience in properly sizing and installing the right air conditioner for your home. The ideal size depends on how big your home is, along with a few 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 things that can influence air conditioner size are:

  • The climate in Rochester
  • Ductwork quality and age
  • How many windows your home has and the style, because big or picture windows can be lower efficiency
  • If your residence has more sun or shade
  • Insulation quality and thickness
  • 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 number measures how well it uses electricity to create cooling. The greater the number, the more efficient the air conditioner is.

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

  • Older air conditioners are rated around 8-9 SEER.
  • Modern air conditioners start at 13 SEER. Ones installed in the southwest and southeast must be a minimum of 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 have additional features to help you save more. These features may involve variable-speed cooling. Instead of operating at 100% constantly, these air conditioners can adjust blower speeds based on your cooling preferences. This creates quieter and more energy-efficient cooling. While an air conditioner with a better SEER rating is often pricier, it might be eligible for additional rebates. And the energy savings over its life span could help it pay for itself.

Start Your Air Conditioning Installation with Brogan Heating & AC Inc Today

When you’re researching air conditioning replacement, the company who hooks it up is just as essential as the model you select. Brogan Heating & AC Inc is one of the number one names for air conditioning installation in Rochester. From helping you choose the right solution for your house to reviewing financing options to professional installation, working with us is a breeze. Call us at 507-218-0088 to begin now!