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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 most meticulously maintained air conditioner will need to be removed down the road.

When you’re beginning to plan for air conditioning installation in San Jose, we know that the price is at the top of your list of questions. The silver lining is that installing a new air conditioner could be more economical than you think it is, because of rebates, our special offers and financing for qualified customers. You’ll also receive improved energy efficiency, which will usually pay off over the years through cheaper cooling bills.

Here’s what to expect 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 hard. Here’s what we advise.

Replace

  1. Your air conditioner is past 10 years old. While some might run longer, most air conditioners run for around 15 years with routine maintenance. We recommend planning for air conditioning replacement close to the 10-year mark. 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 costs.
  2. You’ve neglected annual maintenance for too long. Much like a car, you cooling system requires routine air conditioning maintenance. Overlooking this important service can cause lower efficiency, more persistent repairs and even a decreased life span.
  3. Your air conditioner requires frequent or expensive repairs. Needing air conditioning repair is often the consequence of not doing maintenance. But as your air conditioner gets old, it’s more likely to experience a major breakdown. When repairs are higher than half the cost of a new air conditioner, it’s time to get a new one.
  4. Your home feels unpleasant. If your residence feels too muggy or you’re experiencing hot and cold spots in certain areas, your air conditioner might be having a hard time keeping up. This is a clue you should replace it.
  5. Your energy bills are costly. Your air conditioner loses efficiency as it gets older. As a result, it may need to operate more often or longer to keep your residence at your desired temperature. Newer air conditioners have the most up-to-date energy-efficient technology to keep your house comfy and utility costs down.
  6. Your air conditioner runs on R-22 refrigerant. If your air conditioner was purchased before 2010, there’s a good chance it has Freon. Also referred to as R-22, this refrigerant is no longer being manufactured because of its damaging effects on the environment. You can carry on with using your air conditioner, but if it were to develop a refrigerant leak, repairing that would be extraordinarly expensive. This is since R-22 is only available in limited, recycled amounts.

Repair

  1. Your air conditioner is under 10 years old. If your air conditioner is newer, it’s best to repair it.
  2. Repairs aren’t needed all the time or inexpensive. The wisest way to prevent unexpected repairs is to have routine service done. But when repairs are only needed intermittently or are economical, 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 major failure. If your air conditioner is under warranty, we recommend fixing it.

Air Conditioner Cost

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

There are a couple of factors that affect your total cost, like:

  • The air conditioner model you choose, as more energy-efficient ones are higher priced.
  • The size your home needs.
  • If you need to replace your ductwork, which can be required if your ductwork is aging or separated.

We give free estimates at American HVAC Inc so you can be sure 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 little will have difficulty keeping your house cool. And one that’s too large could turn on and off too many times, or short cycle. This act can increase your utility expenses and wear your air conditioner out faster. This may also create temperature variability and make your residence feel less cool.

At American HVAC Inc, our techs have many years of experience in correctly sizing and installing the right air conditioner for your home. The size you need depends on how big your residence is, along with several other considerations. Some of the most standard 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 climate in San Jose
  • Ductwork quality and age
  • How many windows your house has and the style, since expansive or picture windows might be more inefficient
  • If your home receives more sun or shade
  • Insulation quality and concentration
  • How many people are in your household

SEER Ratings

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

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

  • Dated air conditioners are rated around 8-9 SEER.
  • New 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 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 include additional features to help you save more. These features may involve variable-speed cooling. Instead of going at full speed continuously, these air conditioners can reduce blower speeds adjusted for your cooling preferences. This leads to quieter and more energy-efficient air conditioning. While an air conditioner with a better SEER rating is typically more expensive, it could be eligible for additional rebates. And the energy savings over its life span may help it pay for itself.

Start Your Air Conditioning Installation with American HVAC Inc Now

When you’re preparing for air conditioning replacement, the company who installs it is just as critical as the model you go with. American HVAC Inc is one of the number one names for air conditioning installation in San Jose. From helping you choose the recommended solution for your residence to going over financing options to professional installation, collaborating with our professionals is a breeze. Reach us at 408-215-1018 to begin today!