Need A New Air Conditioner? What You Should Know

22 January 2019
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When temperatures start to rise, having a working air conditioner is key. In fact, in parts of the country, not having a working air conditioner during the hotter months can lead to dangerously high temperatures inside the home. While air conditioners are built to last for a while, eventually they will need replacement. The average lifespan of an air conditioner is between 15 and 20 years. If your air conditioner is in need of repairs often or is getting older, it's likely time to consider replacement. Here's what you should know about getting a new air conditioner.

The Cost

If you are considering an air conditioning replacement, cost is likely going to play a big role in your decision. The cost of a new air conditioner will vary depending on the size of your home, the type of system you choose, and your cooling needs. On average a new air conditioner will range in price between $3,743 and $7,218. Getting multiple quotes for air conditioning installation from various HVAC contractors can help you determine how much your new system will cost and also what your budget will be.

Ductwork May Need Replacement

Another thing to consider is your existing ductwork if you are planning on getting a new air conditioner. Your current duct system may be outdated or in disrepair. If this is the case, you will also need new ducts installed during your air conditioner installation. On average ductwork costs between $35 and $55 per linear foot installed. If you are installing new ductwork, it typically costs between $1,000 and $5,000 in total for the average-sized home. This is another thing to consider if you are in need of a new air conditioner.

New Systems Can Be More Efficient

For those who are looking for ways to make their homes more efficient, installing a new air conditioner is a great way to improve energy efficiency. Older systems tend to use more energy than newer energy-efficient systems. This can mean paying more in energy costs. Installing a new air conditioning system that has high efficiency can reduce energy use by anywhere from 20 to even up to 50 percent. Reducing energy use by that much can mean significant savings on energy costs.

If you need a new air conditioner, there are a few things that you should know. First, costs can vary but typically you will be paying at least a few thousand for a new system. You may also find that you need new ductwork installed in addition to your new air conditioning system. The good news is that new systems are often more energy efficient and can lead to significant energy savings. 

Contact a company like Dale and Lee's Service Inc to learn more.