If your air conditioning unit has been giving you trouble lately, to the point where replacing it is a more viable option than continuing to pay for repairs, you are probably wondering how much a new AC unit costs. However, there is no one set price for air conditioners because they’re all different.
For instance, do you want to maybe take this time to invest in a central air system if you don’t already have one? If not, did you want to upgrade your current unit for one that has more bells and whistles? Basically, the price of a new AC unit comes down to what it is you want and need for the size of your living space.
We here at Ambient Edge have decades of experience with all makes and models of air conditioners and can help guide you toward a smarter purchasing decision. Give us a call at (888) 240-8283 to set up an appointment for us to take a look at your living space and help you pick the right unit for your home and family.
Window Air Conditioners
A window air conditioner is, by far, much cheaper to purchase and install than is a central air conditioning system. One of the most important things to look for in a new air conditioner, whether you choose a window unit or a central air system, is energy efficiency.
For a new window air conditioner, the price you can expect to pay varies widely, depending on what you’re in the market for. For instance, for an average window unit, the price tends to fall between $150 and $400 for the unit if you’re going to install it yourself. If, however, you need someone to install it for you, that price bumps up to between $300 to $550.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for more of a premium system, the average tends to run between $650 and $1,600 for the unit, and between $820 and $1,880 if you include installation.
Central Air Units
If you would rather opt for a central air system, or if you are replacing your current central air system, then you can expect to pay a much higher price for both the unit and installation. This is because the system itself, and the work required to install it, are more complex and more complicated to install.
On average, you can expect to pay between $3,200 and $5,500 for the installation of a central air conditioning unit. However, there are several factors involved that can significantly alter this estimate, such as:
- The square footage of your home
- The brand of air conditioning unit you select
- The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating you ultimately opt for
In fact, some central air estimates can be close to $8,000, though this is the higher end of that average. So, if this is the estimate you receive, you may want to look elsewhere to see if you can get a better price.
It is also a good idea to get an accurate measurement of your home before you schedule a central air installation so you can ballpark about how much the installation should cost you. Anything in excess of that, and the technician is probably trying to overcharge you.
Here at Ambient Edge, we do our best to be as upfront with our customers as we can and let them know of all the costs they can expect before they sign on the dotted line. However, if you choose to go with another technician for your air conditioning installation, you may find the final price includes some hidden costs you were not made aware of before-hand.
Here are some of the potential “hidden costs” you can expect in a typical air conditioner installation:
- You may need a permit before you install it.
- You may need an inspection to ensure your unit is up to the building code.
- You may have a plumbing or electrical issues you didn’t anticipate, and that you couldn’t have known until you opened up your home for the installation.
- If you have an older home, your technician may need to deal with asbestos or lead paint removal, which may cost you extra.
Some of these things are impossible to know in advance until we perform the installation, such as electrical or plumbing issues. Others, like having a permit or requiring an inspection, we make sure to check so there are no surprises during your installation – and so you can factor the extra costs into your budget before you ultimately say “yes”.
Need a New AC Unit Installed? You Can Trust Ambient Edge!
At Ambient Edge, we are proud to provide our customers with top-notch air conditioning repairs and installations with no hidden fees. Plus, your service call is free if you hire us for your repair!
We also offer all our customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all parts and labor. So, give us a call at (888) 240-8283 to speak with one of our representatives today!