Central Air Conditioning Cost in 2022 - Buyer's Guide (2023)

Staying cool during the sweltering heat of summer takes power. A fan helps but doesn’t quite cut it. Portable air conditioners and window units are decent for a single room use.

For the whole house, you’ll want a central system that can maintain steady temperatures in multiple rooms. Central AC delivers on power, yet there are many units to select from in the current market.

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Our buyer’s guide will walk you through the primary considerations such as the appropriate models, installation costs, and other relevant factors to help you make the most informed decision.


The national average cost to install a new split-system central AC can range between $4,500 and $6,500, depending on the choice of equipment (brand and capacity), project accessibility and location. This includes a new mid-range 17-21 SEER (2-stage) outdoor unit and evaporator coil (split system), professional (warrantied) installation, any required site assessments and building permits, and the workmanship warranty from the installer. It is assumed that most of the required ductwork is already in place, with only minor alterations or updates required to be made to the existing ductwork.

The numbers provided above translate to a licensed HVAC contractor installing the most feasible central unit with a minimum 17 SEER (2-stage) rating for your home. The installer’s expertise draws upon many factors, not the least of which is evaluating your current ductwork strengths and weaknesses, along with how well your home is insulated, and will therefore retain the cool energy in your home.

All else being equal, higher SEER efficiency AC units with 20-26 SEER (variable-capacity) ratings will cost more (between $5,500 and $6,500+ installed) than typical mid-range 17-21 SEER (2-stage) units (between $4,000 and $5,500 installed).

Average Cost To Install Central ACTypical Range: $3,870 - $5,430

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Wider Pricing Range (captures 80% of projects): Most homeowners spend between $4,000 and $8,500 for a full installation (replacement) of a split-system central air conditioner across the US. The total cost of a project depends on the brand and type of the AC unit (SEER and ERR ratings) being installed, project specifics (AC unit size in tons/BTUs, project complexity), and your home’s location (local real estate market dynamics).

Did you know? Central Air Conditioners come in two types; a split-system unit or a packaged unit. If your home already has a heating furnace, but no AC, then the split-system central AC unit is the most economical option to install.

Did you know? Energy Star has a list of Most-Efficient Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps. To have an Energy Star rated unit appear on that list, a minimum rating of 18 SEER and ERR of 13 is the table-stakes.

Modern Central AC units are 20% to 40% more efficient than Central ACs from 10 years ago. So, if your home happens to have an older central AC unit, then getting a modern Energy Star rated central AC might prove to be a smart and economically-sound decision, especially if your current AC is not performing well and/or needs an expensive repair.

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Did you know? When added to an existing forced-air heating system with the already existing ductwork already in place, a new central air unit for a typical 2,000 sq. ft. home will cost between $4,000 and $6,500 to install.

However, if your home needs new ducts fabricated and put in place, then your total installation cost will range between $6,500 and $12,500, depending on the extent of the work required to lay out the appropriate ductwork for the new central air system.

The Cost of Air Ducts

Normally, the existing ductwork isn’t replaced when replacing a central AC system, except in rare instances where the original ductwork was improperly sized.

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There are two types of ductwork; supply and return air ducts. The supply ducts carry air-conditioned or treated air from the central air handler to each room or zone within a room of your home.

The return ducts draw the warm or “spent” air from inside the house, pulling it through the air filter and across the cooled refrigerant coil. This process removes any airborne particles such as dust, lint, and various contaminants, while also removing heat from the air. Refrigerant lines then carry the heat outside.

The cooled and filtered air is then routed back to the air supply ducts that carry it back inside your home.

New air ducts cost between $10.00 and $15.00 per linear foot in new construction, before drywall is installed.

For a two-story house that is already built with no pre-existing ductwork in place, installing new air ducts could easily cost several thousands of dollars more due to the confines of the space — having to lay out and install the ductwork within the confines of a fully finished two-story/multi-story house where insulation and drywall are already in place.

The overall cost will depend on the overall size of the ductwork and whether any repairs to the existing ducts were needed, the amount and type of insulation used, and the number of dampers that are installed.

Manual dampers allow you to close off ducts to independent zones that aren’t being used. This allows you to reduce energy use and costs. The average new construction 2,500 square foot home will require between 200 and 225 feet of ductwork at a total cost of $2,000 to $3,500.

Electronically controlled dampers for a zoned system cost $200 to $350 per zone.

The cost of ducts should also be considered as you compare the total cost of ducted vs. ductless systems.


New Construction Ductwork: $10.00-15.00 per linear foot

Electronic zone dampers: $200-$350 per zone (optional)

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The ROI Factor

Part of what you pay for with most HVAC contractors are warranties. Modern units will typically run well for 7 to 15 years before needing a replacement. Great units that are well maintained can operate for up to 18 years.

Generally, the return on investment, or ROI Factor, for central systems is a bit low. Contemporary home buyers have come to expect central air in their new home. At best, you’ll recoup 50% of the value you put into the central air system at the time you sell your home.

Compared with other home upgrades and improvements, such as updating insulation or installing a new roof, this is low.

With that said, the reliability of the system and how well it is maintained are arguably the most important factors for ensuring a return on the initial investment you make. That’s why the warranty info matters.

A contractor’s warranty will spell out how repairs are handled, in terms of cost, during the warranty period. Additionally, the manufacturer’s warranty covers the hardware and system parts that will be replaced should the need arise.

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While extended warranties are tempting, they can add several thousands to the cost. Their value is debatable, as repairs may actually cost less outside of these extended versions.

Plus, if you realize 10+ years is actually a good value for your system, a full replacement probably makes more sense than say $2,500 spent on repairs at that time. Ideally, the manufacturer of the unit includes a lifetime warranty on the original product.

Selecting the System – AKA Familiarizing Yourself with The Technical Nuances

While there are many features in the modern central AC units, some of that is bells and whistles, while others are the basics. The basics include:

  • BTU – this will determine size of the unit
  • EER – standard value noting energy efficiency, more obscure notation for central systems, less obscure for those in hotter climates
  • SEER – popular variable for noting energy efficiency in seasonal climates
  • Single-stage vs. two-stage – single-stage is the historic norm, two-stage offers power saving and noise reduction benefits

Size and energy efficiency are generally the two main factors that govern most consumers when it comes to purchasing a new central AC system. With both BTU and SEER, the higher the number, the better the unit.

However, and this can’t be emphasized enough, bigger isn’t always the most appropriate for every home.

Square footage of the rooms to be cooled in a house, will relate to the BTU calculation. So, say there are 1,000 sq.ft. of space to be cooled inside the house, then the general rule is that it will require a unit that powers at roughly 20,000 BTUs per hour.

If it were instead 2,000 sq.ft. of space, the number of BTU’s required would be about 34,000 BTU’s per hour.

Did you know? If you were to take a central AC unit that has a capacity of 34,000 BTU’s, and install it for a smaller, 1,000 sq. ft. space, it would be detrimental and counter-productive to your overall energy efficiency.

In fact, the AC unit would cycle on and off frequently, which would ultimately require greater energy than continuous operation, as well as lead to an increased operational wear-and-tear of the central unit.

SEER is the variable that will drive decision between models as much as BTU’s. In fact, some model names among the top brands are based solely on the SEER factor, such as Goodman’s GSX13 (with up to a 13 SEER capacity).

In today’s world, the SEER range on the market is from 13 to 26 typically. A decade ago and earlier, finding models under SEER 13 was common, but U.S. standards in 2006 have lead the industry to adopt a minimum of 13 SEER for all manufactured products going forward.

Did you know? The greater the SEER number, the more cost savings you’ll likely see on your energy bills over the course of a year. 😉

Selecting A System Based on Other Factors

The other factors to consider have virtually nothing to do with the features of whatever device you may be considering.

While size of rooms relates to BTU’s, there’s also overall size of your home, its shape, how it is oriented in relation to the sun, shade, and prevailing winds. Additionally, the amount of insulation in the home’s envelope (ceiling/attic and walls), along with floors, and duct size and orientation in each room are all considerations that an experienced professional will use when determining which central system is the most suitable for your home.

Another technical term that will inevitably come up is the Manual J Load calculations. All the primary and secondary factors are analyzed and objectively quantified, to calculate which unit is the most energy efficient in lieu of all environmental factors that play a role in heating up your home.

Did you know? Insulation and ductwork are very important, as these can show up as weak points in retaining cool airflow within a house. Or put another way, if your home’s insulation is poor, or your home has areas where cool air is escaping via leaky ducts or through leaky ceilings, then both your home’s energy and comfort will be compromised. — These are all factors that must be accounted for during initial calculations.

Ideally, both the ductwork and insulation are repaired or upgraded at time of a new central system installation. But sometimes, that is not feasible, and often it isn’t expected to be at a level of perfection.

Selecting A System Based on the Established Brands and Model Reliability

One item that may surprise you is how there are only a handful of manufacturers of central air systems. Do enough research and you’ll see over 200 brands on the market today. Some are considered the most established, and almost based on name alone, the most reliable.

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Yet, it may be helpful to know that the manufacturer of the Goodman brand also makes Amana. Or the manufacturer of Carrier (United Technology) also makes Bryant, Payne, Day & Night, and Tempstar. All the major manufacturers are making more than one brand.

The established and popular brands are Carrier, Lennox, Amana, Goodman, Rheem, Trane and York.

One thing you’ll realize is there’s no universal agreement on what makes for the best brands and models. That said, we’ll add to the diverging opinions, and provide a list of pros and cons of various brands and models for you to consider, along with their costs, and information on why we favor a particular option:

1 – Goodman offers 7 models for residential uses, with SEER ranging from 13 to 18. These are marketed under the Energi Air line and their biggest pros are the warranty, typically 10 years, and their affordability, with models ranging in price from $900 to $2,500.

Goodman central AC units are designed to make troubleshooting problems easy for contractors. The units emphasize lower noise levels in their designs.

One well-known disadvantage is that Goodman air conditioners don’t compete well with other brands that emphasize greater energy efficiency, with higher SEER models.

Note: Goodman manufacturing purchased Amana Heating & Cooling in 1997. Amana brand’s central AC units are often slightly higher in price than Goodman’s, but their biggest pro is the service life, which is typically 15 years or longer.

2 – Day & Night Comfort is a lesser-known brand, but it is made by the same company that makes Carrier.

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Day & Night pros include great customer service and affordability. Units that are arguably identical to Carrier units sell for hundreds less. The SEER ranges from 13 to 19.

Their biggest con is less-established reputation which stems from lesser market share. For larger brands, an occasional bad review is easily overcome by hundreds of satisfied consumers, whereas the lesser-known brands are often greatly impacted by harsher reviews.

3 – Carrier offers models with up to 21 SEER capacity.

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Carrier’s biggest pro is their reputation and their AC units are routinely deemed as highly reliable. Carrier is known for offering high-end HVAC products that have the latest advances and bells and whistles to entice you.

Carrier’s disadvantage comes from the relatively high price of their products, especially when you realize that Day & Night units may very well be the same unit, but you’re paying say $300 more for brand name only. 😉

4 – York air conditioners range from 13 to 21 SEER and are middle of the road in terms of affordability. Their benefits would be found when looking into commercial products where they shine, but given that reputation, they are seen as producing decent quality products for residential uses.

One well-known disadvantage of York air conditioners is their relatively high noise factor at around 70+ dBAs for many models, although a model like the York YXV (approx. $2,800 for 2.5-ton capacity at SEER 20 rating) is designed to overcome any noise problems with the noise levels as low as 53 dBA.

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5 – Lennox is a brand you’ll probably see topping the list ahead of others. Their reputation and market share are the primary reason for this.

A major advantage of Lennox AC units, is that they offer a SEER range from 13 to 26.

Did you know? Lennox central air conditioners are often considered the most efficient units on the market.

Lennox brand’s main disadvantages are the relatively high costs of their products. In fact, their units are more expensive than our top two choices! 😉

There might also be some issues in sourcing Lennox parts when the need for potential repairs arises. All internal parts of Lennox systems are proprietary, and at least some HVAC contractors report logistical problems with obtaining replacement parts for rather simple repairs.

While not the most comprehensive list, it gets you started on the homework you may wish to consider going forward with your own purchasing decision. Find the ideal local HVAC contractor and the rest ought to fall into place.

How To Go About Selecting The Right Central AC System For Your Home?

There are about a dozen factors that go into choosing the right central system for your home. What may sound great in a sales pitch may not be what is most suitable to your home. Doing your homework on all the possible options and brands, plus the models within each brand is time consuming.

The biggest tip you’ll ever find on finding the best central AC unit is to first find the ideal contractor. Sure, we’ve walked you through the important factors, but some of the technical terms can have you lose sight of the primary goal: to cool your home with a reliable, energy-efficient unit that provides the best cost-value at the time of purchase.

An established and upstanding HVAC contractor has the technical know-how to translate the many factors and calculations into a meaningful way for you the buyer. Many HVAC contractors are brand loyal, meaning they are manufacturer-certified sellers of the respective HVAC products.

If you choose to do homework on your own and have a brand in mind that you are certain you want, then finding these types of contractors may make for an ideal situation going forward. In general, though, the ideal contractor will install any brand and provide you with the unit that suits your home the best.

How do you find the ideal contractor? First, network with family, friends, and anyone in your trusted circle. You’re really looking for referrals from those you trust and who possibly already own a reliable and well-maintained central HVAC system.

Once your referral list gets going, start checking background information on the contractors. Make sure the contractor is licensed to work in your area. Check if they have any complaints against them, and what those entail. Make sure they are bonded and insured.

Next, when a more narrowed list of pros is at your disposal, start getting quotes from the HVAC contractors that appeal to you.

Did you know? Three quotes is a suggested minimum and seven would be the upper limit.

Finally, to help whittle it down to the ideal contractor, be sure to ask questions. Here’s where doing some homework will help, otherwise you’ll be hard pressed to discern a decent answer from a truly suitable response. Questions you may ask are:

  • Is the unit you suggest sized appropriately?
  • Is my home adequately insulated for the system?
  • Please describe the airflow of your recommended product.
  • Are there any smart options to allow me to program the thermostat remotely?
  • What specifically is covered under the warranty?

What has your experience been like with getting a central AC unit installed at your home and how much were you quoted or paid for the job?

Average Cost To Install Central ACTypical Range: $3,870 - $5,430

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How much does a new HVAC system cost 2022? ›

According to Angi, the contractor-search site, the average cost of a new HVAC system nationally runs about $7,500 but can range anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000, reflecting the system's size, style and brand, along with your home's size and layout.

Will HVAC prices go down in 2022? ›

If any HVAC industry trend has continued in 2022, it's significant pricing increases. Manufacturers seem to make one announcement after another informing their customers of rising costs. Some have announced increases as much as 38%, while it's not unusual to see increases ranging from 3% to 20% higher than 2020 levels.

Will HVAC prices go down in 2023? ›

HVAC Pricing Increases Continue in 2023

Last year pressures were placed upon the consumer due to super-high inflation, as well as labor and supply shortages. The story has not changed much throughout 2022. We continue to see inflation reaching 7-8%, but it feels a lot worse than that for the consumer.

How much is a HVAC system for a 2000 sq ft house? ›

On average, when looking to replace your HVAC system, the cost for the unit itself will range between $4,850 and $9,400.
HVAC Installation Cost Per Square Foot.
Square FeetAverage Cost
1,000$4,000 - $5,000
1,200$5,000 - $6,000
1,500$6,000 - $7,000
2,000$7,000 - $8,000
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What is the best time of year to buy a new HVAC system? ›

The best times to replace your HVAC system are the spring and early fall when the business is the slowest. During this time manufacturers offer specials to help sell more products and HVAC contractors are more aggressive with their pricing to help keep the dollars rolling and the crews busy.

Will HVAC prices go up in 2023? ›

Many HVAC manufacturers have already announced price increases in 2023, making headlines as another round of price increases go into effect.

What are the new AC rules for 2023? ›

Beginning January 1, 2023, there will be two SEER-related changes. First, the minimum SEER rating will increase on HVAC equipment. Currently, new air conditioners must have a minimum SEER of 13 in northern states and 14 in southern states. In 2023, this will change to 14 and 15, respectively.

Are AC units more expensive right now? ›

Heating & Air Conditioning Equipment Costs Soared in 2021

The same equipment (and ancillary items) today in late 2021 has increased in cost by as much as 38% from some manufacturers! Even manufacturers whose price increases were less dramatic are substantially higher in cost than this time one year ago.

What is the federal tax credit for air conditioner 2023? ›

Tax Section 25C, Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit

Effective Jan 1, 2023: Provides a tax credit to homeowners equal to 30% of installation costs for the highest efficiency tier products, up to a maximum of $600 for qualified air conditioners and furnaces, and a maximum of $2,000 for qualified heat pumps.

Should I wait until 2023 to replace air conditioner? ›

Should I replace my system before January 1, 2023? The answer is a resounding “Yes” if you have one of the following: An air conditioner that operates with an ozone-depleting refrigerant known as “R22.” Whether the system is working or not – replace it since this refrigerant is no longer being made.

Should I replace my 25 year old HVAC? ›

Your HVAC System is More Than 10 Years Old

The average lifespan of an HVAC system is 15 to 20 years, but as these systems age, they tend to get less efficient. If your HVAC is over 10 years old, consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient unit, such as one that has earned the ENERGY STAR label.

Should you buy a house with a 15 year old HVAC? ›

Unlike a fine wine, HVAC equipment does not get better with age. In fact, furnaces and air conditioners have a lifespan of about 15-20 years. The older the unit is, the more potential problems it may have. When equipment is in the 14-17-year-old range, you'll want to start planning for replacement.

What SEER rating should I buy? ›

For most homeowners, opting for a unit with a SEER between 15 and 18 is a good choice because it's a balance between the money you'll spend for the unit and the amount you'll save on utility costs.

Why is HVAC installation so expensive? ›

High demand for a product combined with short supply means higher prices for the end consumer and HVAC part manufacturers and technicians. When they have to pay more to get the parts you need, the price will undoubtedly rise.

Is 16 SEER worth the extra money? ›

Benefits of a Higher SEER Rating

A rating above 16 SEER is associated with lower energy consumption, which translates to less money spent on energy costs. Replacing an 8 SEER AC or heat pump unit with a 16 SEER one may save you up to 50 percent on your energy bill.

What month do air conditioners go on sale? ›

It may seem counterintuitive, but the truth is this: buyers can find the best deals on new air conditioners (and HVAC services) from late February into late March.

What brand of HVAC is the most reliable? ›

As champions of providing summertime comfort, central air conditioners are all about performance and reliability.
  • Best Air Conditioner Brands 2023.
  • American Standard.
  • Amana.
  • Lennox.
  • Frigidaire.
  • Rheem.
  • Coleman.
  • Heil.

How do I get the best deal with HVAC? ›

Tips for Saving Money on a New HVAC System
  1. Look for Local Incentives.
  2. Check for Company Rebates.
  3. Look for Off-Season Discounts.
  4. Be Sure to Compare Quotes.
  5. Vet Contractors for the Best Deals.
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Should I replace my 20 year old HVAC? ›

Furnaces 20 years old or older become increasingly inefficient over time and can crack and leak, putting you and your family in danger. If your furnace is between 16 and 20 years old and constantly breaking down, then you should strongly consider having it replaced.

Will HVAC prices come down? ›

What to Expect From the Year Ahead. Unfortunately, HVAC prices are not expected to be going down. 2023 will see significant changes in HVAC/air conditioning systems and prices. Knowing what to expect before midnight on January 1st, 2023, can help you avoid high costs due to price increases.

Why are AC units going up in 2023? ›

The reason is that the U.S. Department of Energy is raising the minimum energy-efficiency standards for all central air conditioners and heat pumps starting on January 1, 2023. This means that the most basic, lowest-priced units will no longer be available.

Are 14 SEER air conditioners being phased out? ›

That's right, on January 1st, 2023, 14 SEER AC systems will no longer be manufactured or sold in the United States. This follows the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) new SEER efficiency standards that will go into effect on the said date. The new efficiency guidelines will see SEER ratings increase by one point.

Can I keep my AC at 65? ›

Generally, most AC units will do well with a thermostat set somewhere between 65 and 80 degrees. However, it might take a bit of time to find your system's best temperature.

What will replace R-410A in 2023? ›

R410-a will be replaced by A2L refrigerants, which are a class of refrigerants that have higher efficiency and lower GWP (Global Warming Potential). The two foremost R410a replacements are R-32 and R-454B. R-32: Zero ozone depletion.

When should I buy a new AC unit? ›

According to Energy Star, you should consider replacing your air conditioner if it is more than 10 years old, and you should seriously consider replacing the air conditioner if it's more than 15 years old—as this is the average lifespan of most cooling devices.

Can you write off a new AC unit on your taxes? ›

Non-Business Energy Tax Credit.

This tax credit can be claimed for any eligible home improvements you made in 2022. The credit covers 10% of the cost of the equipment, including items such as home insulation, exterior doors, electric heat pumps, and central air conditioning systems.

Can I deduct my new HVAC on taxes? ›

It has the potential to pay off in the future. While you can't deduct home improvements like installing a new HVAC unit the year it occurred, you can include these types of expenses to the cost basis of your home.

Can you claim HVAC system on taxes? ›

The great news is you can claim it when you file your income taxes in 2021, so now is the time to act! The best part? For qualified HVAC improvements, homeowners might be able to claim 25c tax credits equal to 10% of the install costs (up to a maximum of $500).

How efficient is a 25 year old air conditioner? ›

Efficiency Rating

A high SEER rating indicates better efficiency. Highly efficient air conditioners have efficiency ratings of 25. Old air conditioners have an efficiency rating of 10, which explains why they use so much electricity. Modern technology can eradicate this problem.

How efficient is a 15 year old air conditioner? ›

Energy Efficiency

If your air conditioner was installed in 2006, it will be at minimum 13 SEER per federal guidelines. However, your air conditioner becomes inefficient as it ages. As of now, 15–18 SEER is a popular ranking, but efficiency can go as high as the mid-20s.

Should I replace a 30 year old AC unit? ›

Check the age of your HVAC: If it's older than 20 years, it's likely time to replace. Check the safety of your HVAC: If it's leaking poisonous carbon monoxide, it's time to replace. Consider the repair costs: Are you paying more than 50 percent of the cost of a replacement during a repair?

Does homeowners insurance cover replacing an air conditioner? ›

Homeowners insurance covers HVAC systems when the damage is due to a covered peril or disaster. A standard homeowners insurance policy won't cover an HVAC unit if the damage is due to general wear and tear, owner neglect or old age.

Is Trane or carrier more expensive? ›

Carrier's prices are hard to predict because they vary based on the model you buy and its installation. With installation costs added, most Trane models are more expensive than the average Carrier model with a SEER of 17.

Can I just replace my outside AC unit? ›

Here's our recommendation: You should replace both the outdoor and indoor units together for the following reasons: Old indoor units are incompatible with new outdoor units. Mismatched indoor and outdoor units lead to serious problems. Replacing only one unit can void the manufacturer warranty.

Is it worth fixing a 15 year old air conditioner? ›

You should think about replacing your unit once it is 15 years old. Old air conditioners are highly likely to be using excessive amounts of energy. Many old units do not come equipped with advanced technology to reduce the electricity usage.

Should I replace my 18 year old AC unit? ›

Replace: If the system is more than a decade old, the A/C is likely living on borrowed time. Even when you have it fixed, it will probably display more issues just a few years down the line. If the A/C is more than 15 years old, it would probably be better to replace the unit.

Does age of HVAC affect appraisal? ›

An HVAC system is considered “old” if it's ten years or older. Appraisers will note if the system is more than 13 years old. If the potential buyers know they have to eventually replace the unit, especially within a few years, they're likely to come back with a much lower offer.

Is it worth it to go from 14 to 16 SEER? ›

A 16 SEER unit is about 13% more efficient than a 14 SEER. For every $100 you spend to cool your home with a 14 SEER, you could save $13 on your monthly bill by upgrading to the 16 SEER unit.

Which is better Trane or carrier? ›

There is no difference in terms of basic and mid-level units of both the brands when it comes to deciding the superiority in terms of quality. However, if you are looking forward to buying a top-line model, then you must go with Trane as it has a better warranty on their compressors.

Is Lennox better than Trane? ›

Key Differences Between Lennox, Trane and Carrier

Energy Efficiency: In terms of efficiency, Lennox takes the lead with some units having a SEER rating up to 26. Maintenance and Repairs: Carrier has parts readily available and not overpriced when it comes to convenience in repairs and maintenance.

How much should I budget for HVAC? ›

According to Angi, the contractor-search site, the average cost of a new HVAC system nationally runs about $7,500 but can range anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000, reflecting the system's size, style and brand, along with your home's size and layout.

What is the most expensive part of an HVAC system? ›

Replacing the compressor or its coils is one of the most time-consuming and expensive HVAC repairs. You can expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 to install a new compressor.

Does a higher SEER AC cool better? ›

The higher the SEER, the more efficient the cooling system should be. Similarly, cars with higher miles-per-gallon ratios go further with less fuel.

Is Goodman as good as Trane? ›

Goodman's top-of-the-line air conditioners and heat pumps tend to be more energy-efficient and come with a better warranty that includes lifetime coverage on the compressor. Similarly, its top furnaces come with a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger. However, Trane offers more options in all three categories.

When did 15 SEER become mandatory? ›

The new standards for 2023 will require a SEER of 15 or higher for the Southern part of the US.

Is replacing HVAC worth it? ›

Know Your HVAC

The cost of a new HVAC system may be high, but the long-term benefits are worth it. You do not only increase property value but providing comfortable temperatures and cleaner air. Consider retrofitting parts of your system before going all-in with a complete overhaul.

Is it cheaper to replace AC and furnace together? ›

Is It Cheaper to Replace a Furnace and AC Together? Simply put, yes. If you decide it's worthwhile for you to replace both the furnace and AC, you will save money replacing both at once. You will likely get a prorated price on the combined unit when you purchase it.

What is the average cost of a 3 ton HVAC system? ›

HVAC Replacement Cost By Tonnage
HVAC System SizeElectric 14 SEER ReplacementHeat Pump 14 SEER Replacement
2 Ton HVAC System Cost$6,048$6,973
2.5 Ton HVAC System Cost$6,536$7,275
3 Ton HVAC System Cost$6,636$7364
3.5 Ton HVAC System Cost$7,345$7,565
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Dec 17, 2021

How much is a new HVAC system for an old house? ›

Now, the question is: how much does it cost to install a central air conditioning system in an old home? Based on research, the standard market price ranges between $3,000 to $15,000. However, the actual cost depends on when you want the system installed, the area you live in, and the complexity of the installation.

Should replace both HVAC at same time? ›

In general, you should always replace both air conditioning components in a split system at the same time. If you replace only one of the two components and not the other, then your system will still produce less than optimal results.

Should I replace my 20 year old air conditioner? ›

The average lifespan of an HVAC system is 15 to 20 years, but as these systems age, they tend to get less efficient. If your HVAC is over 10 years old, consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient unit, such as one that has earned the ENERGY STAR label.

Should I get multiple quotes for HVAC replacement? ›

The extra work is worth the hassle: Get multiple quotes to secure the lowest price, the right services, and the most qualified professionals possible. Forgoing your due diligence in this process can be more expensive in the long run, as a sub par repair will only lead to more work.

What is the average life of a central air conditioner? ›

While every unit is different, and every homeowner has a different understanding of when their central air conditioner is broken beyond repair, it's fair to say that, with proper maintenance and care, you can expect a good 15 to 20 years of cooling from a new high efficiency air conditioning system.

How much are Lennox HVAC systems? ›

Lennox HVAC systems are some of the most expensive on the market. Expect to pay between $3,000 and $7,500, depending on the model, series and size. However, Lennox has a long history in the industry and has a great reputation for making high-quality, long-lasting and highly efficient products.

Is Trane better than carrier? ›

In the comparison of Carrier Vs. Trane air conditioner in terms of energy efficiency, Trane finds its superiority over the latter one. All the models belonging to the three tiers produced by Trane are more energy-efficient than that in Carrier.

Why is a new HVAC system so expensive? ›

High demand for a product combined with short supply means higher prices for the end consumer and HVAC part manufacturers and technicians. When they have to pay more to get the parts you need, the price will undoubtedly rise.

Should I upgrade HVAC before selling my house? ›

According to the National Association of Realtors' 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, homeowners who replace their HVAC system before selling their home can expect to recoup about 85% of the cost. Other upgrades – such as refinished wood floors or remodeled kitchens – tend to have a higher return-on-investment.

Does new HVAC increase property value? ›

So how much does a new HVAC system add to the value of a house? Installing a new HVAC system could increase your home's value by as much as $2,500-$3,000 or approximately 5-10% of the total value of your home. The typical cost of installing a new heating and cooling system is about $10,000.


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