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 well- maintained air conditioner will need to be updated at some point.

When you’re getting started planning for air conditioning installation in Booneville, we realize that cost is number one on your list of questions. The silver lining is that installing a new air conditioner might be more reasonable than you think it is, thanks to rebates, our special offers and financing for qualified customers. You’ll also receive better energy efficiency, which will usually pay off over time through less expensive electricity bills.

Here’s what to prepare for when you’re replacing your air conditioner.

When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Knowing when to repair or replace your air conditioner can be hard. Here’s what we recommend.

Replace

  1. Your air conditioner is past 10 years old. While some might last longer, many air conditioners run for around 15 years with regular maintenance. We advise getting ready for air conditioning replacement close to 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 swap could save you 20-40% on cooling expenses.
  2. You’ve neglected annual maintenance for a long time. Just like a car, you cooling system requires annual air conditioning maintenance. Overlooking this crucial service can cause reduced efficiency, more persistent repairs and even a reduced life span.
  3. Your air conditioner has to have frequent or expensive repairs. Needing air conditioning repair is frequently the result of not doing tune-ups. But as your air conditioner gets old, it’s more likely to suffer a major problem. When repairs are higher than half the cost of a new air conditioner, you should get a new one.
  4. Your residence feels unpleasant. If your home feels too humid or you’re experiencing hot and cold spots in given areas, your air conditioner could be having difficulty keeping up. This is a clue it’s time to replace it.
  5. Your utility bills are expensive. Your air conditioner gets less efficient as it ages. Consequently, it could need to work more often or longer to keep your residence at your desired setting. Newer air conditioners have the latest energy-efficient technology to keep your residence comfortable and energy costs reasonable.
  6. Your air conditioner runs on R-22 refrigerant. If your air conditioner was purchased before 2010, there’s a decent chance it runs on Freon. Also known as R-22, this refrigerant is no longer being manufactured because of its detrimental effects on the environment. You can continue to use your air conditioner, but if it were to have a refrigerant leak, repairing that would be extremely 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 ideal to repair it.
  2. Repairs aren’t common or economical. The smartest way to prevent emergency repairs is to have yearly service scheduled. But when repairs are only needed every so often or are economical, repair your air conditioner.
  3. Your air conditioner is covered by a warranty. Most air conditioners include a 5- to 10-year limited warranty that often covers the compressor. Your exact warranty length is up to your manufacturer, but it offers valuable protection in the event of a major failure. If your air conditioner is covered by warranty, we recommend fixing it.

Air Conditioner Cost

Many 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 exact cost could be lower or higher.

There are a couple of aspects that impact your total cost, such as:

  • The air conditioner model you select, since more energy-efficient ones are higher priced.
  • The size your space needs.
  • If you need to put in new ductwork, which can be required if your ductwork is dated or damaged.

We give free estimates at Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC so you can know you’re getting a good deal. And with our wide 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 house cool. And one that’s too large may turn on and off too often, or short cycle. This action can inflate your utility costs and wear your air conditioner out more quickly. This could also create temperature inconsistencies and make your home feel less comfortable.

At Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC, our techs have many years of experience in properly sizing and installing the right air conditioner for your home. The size you need depends on how big your home is, plus several other things. 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 impact air conditioner size are:

  • The climate in Booneville
  • Ductwork quality and age
  • How many windows your house has and the style, because expansive or picture windows may be more inefficient
  • If your home receives more sun or shade
  • Insulation quality and concentration
  • How many people live in your home

SEER Ratings

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

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

  • Older air conditioners are rated around 8-9 SEER.
  • New 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 come with additional features to help you save more. These features may entail variable-speed cooling. Instead of going at full speed continuously, these air conditioners can fine-tune blower speeds adjusted for your cooling needs. This leads to quieter and more energy-efficient air conditioning. While an air conditioner with a greater SEER rating is often higher priced, it could 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 Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC Now

When you’re planning for air conditioning replacement, the company who puts it in is just as essential as the model you go with. Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC is one of the most trusted names for air conditioning installation in Booneville. From helping you choose the recommended solution for your home to going over financing options to professional installation, collaborating with our professionals is a breeze. Call us at 662-269-8716 to begin now!