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Cost of replacing Central a/c

post #1 of 8
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so I am looking into replacing the old a/c unit with a new one. 3 ton, 13 seer unit. the ducting and all is there, so i will be replacing the compressor, condensor, etc. What should I expect to pay for a job like this? I want to get an idea in my head before I start calling around to get estimates.
Thanks,
Roger
post #2 of 8
We are in the same process of replacing an existing unit. There has been a very wide range of price. The bids so far have ranged from $4K to $8K.

There are lots of variables--and even the same guy may not give the same bid, depending on the situation. One of those situations is his opinion of how much he thinks you might be willing to pay.

Each installer has his own recommendation of the brand that he wants to install. Within each brand are numerous potential add-ons that may or may not appeal to you.

I've talked with an installer or two that I didn't think I'd be able to work easily with. One guy told me that I'd need a new service entrance--others have told me that I don't--etc etc.

At any rate, I'd recommend setting aside some time to have several installers come to the house for a closer look. Those that take the time to talk with you and to look closely at your situation should get extra points.

I'll be interested to hear from others as well. Good luck.
post #3 of 8
beware of the guy that comes out to your house, pulls open the crawl space hatch, and bends over far enough to peak in the hole. i used to work for a guy that did his estimates that way. when it came time to climb under there and do the work a whole package of problems came to face. i don't know how we ever got anything done on time.
post #4 of 8
If you go with a name brand you can start at $5000 and go up from there. A no-name brand is usually $1000 cheaper. My experience is that they all work fine if you do some routine maintenance yourself every year.

The price will also depend on the maintenance contract.
post #5 of 8
As being a owner of a HVAC company I would say stay with someone local the smaller companys (under 5 workers) usaully give the most honest opinion and the owner is more than likely going to be a part of the install. staying with someone local is good for service ability reasons. Stay away from bottom grade brands. I would recomend middle of the line. Name brands like carrier, lennox, trane you are going to pay top dollar for. companys like ruud, rheem, comfortmaker,arcoaire,heil all have the same warranties as the name brands. The standard is 10 years on the compressor, 5 years parts and sometimes they cover labor for 5 years to. PM me if you have any questions
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Originally Posted by Billy the kid
As being a owner of a HVAC company I would say stay with someone local the smaller companys (under 5 workers) usaully give the most honest opinion and the owner is more than likely going to be a part of the install. staying with someone local is good for service ability reasons. Stay away from bottom grade brands. I would recomend middle of the line. Name brands like carrier, lennox, trane you are going to pay top dollar for. companys like ruud, rheem, comfortmaker,arcoaire,heil all have the same warranties as the name brands. The standard is 10 years on the compressor, 5 years parts and sometimes they cover labor for 5 years to. PM me if you have any questions


BTK,
I received two estimates since i posted. One quoted $3,000 for the sytem, but that is using the present day freon, not the R14(??). The second company quoted me $3,400 utilizing the R14. Both systems are 13 seer, 3 ton units, the first being a trane, the second a lennox. I have two more guys coming out next week, and I will see what they say. the warranties are 1 year labor, 20 year on the compressor and ten year parts.
Roger
post #7 of 8
I just got 4 quotes from 3 reliable local contractors (NJ), for a 2 1/2 ton , 13 seer unit. My problem is my duct work was not done right on the original system and has to be be ripped out and replaced. All contractors were of the same oipnion without being informed.

Anyway, the quotes ranged from $10,700, $9800, and $8650. I found a local A/C Technician that works on our office building system and does side jobs. He quoted me $5300, I paid for the materials direct to the supply house $2300 for an Arcoaire System, 10 year warranty, $1400 for the duct work and $1600 for his labor. Saved myself over 3K and he is halfway done, two Saturdays to do the whole job. Nothing against the contractors but they have alot of overhead to cover and I kinda cut that piece out of the equation. If you can find a local tradesman that is reliable and good, you can save a bundle. if its a straight replacement, Id say your looking around 3500- 4K for a good deal and around 5-6k on the high end.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
I just got my 4th estimate. they ahve all been around $3,000 to $4,500, 13 seer 3 ton...the main difference in price being if I want to go with a heil or trane that has a 10 year parts, 1 year labor or on the higher end with a frigidare 10 year parts and labor. I know that trane and heil are good systems, not sure if i should consider the ten year on labor but I think i am going to go with the heil or trane.
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