Empire Heating & Air Conditioning
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost to replace a central air conditioner is about $5,000. However, this price changes depending on the size of your home and the difficulty of the project. It can cost as much as $12,500 to replace an AC unit. The labor required to remove and dispose of the old system adds to the price.
Air conditioning installers charge by the hour – expect to be charged anywhere from $60 – $110 per hour + GST for domestic air conditioning and $80 – $140 per hour + GST for commercial units. For a wall hung split type air conditioning system, expect to be charged: $600 to install a 2.5kw – 3.5kw inverter system.
If you kept your air conditioner in good condition over its lifetime, expect to need a replacement in about 10-15 years. Keep in mind that as your A/C grows older, its mechanical parts can become unavailable or obsolete over time. If you aren’t able to replace a broken part, you will need to purchase new unit.
While most HVAC companies will recommend a specific brand or type of AC unit, homeowners who source and install their own have the ultimate control over the process. If you find a brand that you like but your local HVAC place does not carry it, you can go DIY and still get the specific product that you want.
Installing a central air conditioner into a 2000 square ft. home with an existing forced air furnace heating system (that has all ductwork installed properly) would cost between $3,000 to $4,000.
Though the lifespan of a home air conditioner varies based on many factors, those that are well-maintained should last 10 to 15 years. And by completing regular checkups and repairs both big and small many systems can last even longer.
HVAC installation is so expensive because: It’s a highly specialized trade. Gone are the days of juice and go and beer can cold. We need to understand electrical, plumbing, refrigerant dynamics, airflow, thermodynamics, and humidity control. We follow strict EPA rules and protocols.
Generally speaking, the average installation will take anywhere from four to eight hours, which means the process of removing the old unit and being able to turn on the new one should be finished within a day.
Because there is less demand for air conditioning unit installation during winter installation costs during the winter are often cheaper. By scheduling an A/C installation during the off season, you could save you a bundle that you can spend on other areas of your home.
Sometimes replacing only the coil is possible. Often, it’s better to purchase a new AC because there are two AC coils in each unit. There is the evaporator coil or inside coil, and then there is an outside coil or the condenser coil. Replacing only one coil can cause significant issues with your AC.
The compressor is the major part in your outside unit (called the condensing unit). If your compressor is still under warranty, replace only the compressor. The compressor is still under warranty so you’ll only have to pay for labor to fix it. No other major components have failed on your AC heat pump.
The main differences between the ductless mini-split system and a central air conditioning system are the price, amount of maintenance, and the overall look of each system. On the other hand, central AC systems are less expensive and virtually invisible, but they do require annual maintenance.
A properly sized system should run non stop for 24 hours on the hottest day of the year. Well it should run the entire time that the peak load is occurring . This may be for 8 hours or so but will not be for 24 hours. Mine runs anywhere for 1 hr to 8 hours on an insanely hot day.
AC Unit Costs When undergoing AC replacement, you need to know about AC unit prices for different capacities. A 2-ton unit starts from $1500 and reaches up to $3000; 3-ton unit begins at $2000 and continues till $4000; while 4-5 ton AC units are in the range of $2500-$8000.
On average, running an air conditioner costs between $0.06 and $0.88 per hour. Let’s calculate how much does air conditioning cost per month (running 8h per day): Low end: $14.40/month. High end: $211.20/month.
Split system air conditioner installation costs around $960 to $4,140 for residential homes. Prices vary depending on the capacity (kW) of your split system, the size of the unit and difficulty of the installation. Split systems can either be freestanding or wall-mounted.
HVAC installation costs $6,820 to $12,350 on average which includes new ductwork, a new central air conditioner, and a new gas furnace. Replacing an HVAC system without ductwork costs between $4,820 and $9,350 depending on the size of your home, and the brand and grade of equipment chosen.
It is safe to buy electronic home appliances online. Be it a small home appliance or large home appliance. It is absolutely risk-free to purchase them online. Ironical to popular misconception, it may be safer to buy home appliances online compared to buying from a shady local dealer.
The reason the Daikin costs more is firstly because you are getting a little more for the money. A Daikin 2T is actually 2.2T or something like that. They slightly over engineer the product so that in actual working you have a better efficiency.
A properly functioning central A/C unit should be able to cool a moderate, four-bedroom home by 10 degrees Fahrenheit in three hours. Although the cooling power of your A/C also depends on the power, size, and age of your unit, your home should be noticeable cooler within a few hours.
It is usually best to allow at least half a day for a split system and two days for a ducted system, depending on the size of the unit and house.
The best time to buy an air conditioner is in the spring or fall, but an honest contractor should have comparable prices on or off-season. Spring and fall are considered off-season for HVAC contractors, though, so it will give you more leverage.