If you’re wondering why you can’t find out how much an AC replacement costs, there are a few things you should know. It’s impossible to say how much a new Moore heating and air conditioning system will cost you without looking at your system. There are just too many factors that can affect the price. Find out why the cost varies so much.
The Factors that Matter
It’s a time that every Moore resident dreads – the moment when their AC no longer works and needs a replacement. A replacement HVAC system comes at a high cost, but what exactly does that cost? If you look online, you’ll find a wide range of estimates.
There are a few reasons for the varied pricing of a replacement HVAC system. Here are a few explanations for the variation:
There are Different Types of Systems
Although most homeowners in the US have duct central air cooling systems, there are other options. One home might have a heat pump, and another has a ductless mini-split. Your type of system has a direct impact on the price of a replacement.
As a general rule, ductless mini splits are cheaper to replace than a duct system if the home is small. But, if you need multiple units, the cost could be more than the replacement of a duct system. If you’re switching from one type of system to another, the cost of a replacement could be high. You might need to install ducts or have multiple mini-split units installed.
The cheapest of all replacements is usually an evaporative cooler. Commonly known as a swamp cooler, this system. Circulates air using wet pads. Unfortunately, these systems only work in the very dry climates of the western US. It’s rare to find swamp coolers in Moore.
Regardless of your type of Moore HVAC, there are size considerations. Every system needs to be the appropriate size. Before an installer gets to work, they need to help you pick a system that will be able to handle the cooling needs of your home. They also need to make sure your system isn’t too large, or you’ll experience other issues.
In the case of an oversized unit, the AC can cool your home but not dehumidify it. As a result, your air will be damp and uncomfortable. You may notice mold growth and experience health complications. Meanwhile, a system that’s too small will always run and is likely to break down. It may also be unable to keep your home cool.
So, although a smaller system is cheaper as a replacement, it will cost you in the end. Don’t let the cost of an appropriately-sized Moore HVAC keep you from installing the best size for your home.
Over time, air conditioners become less efficient. Furthermore, new units have technology that makes them more efficient than older ones. This technology could make your air conditioner more or less expensive, depending on the efficiency level.
To measure the energy efficiency of a system, experts assign it with a SEER rating. An acronym for the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, SEER ratings tell you just how efficient your HVAC system will be. If you buy a replacement HVAC with a high SEER rating, it will cost more.
The expense may be worth it. With more energy efficiency comes lower energy bills. So, while a high SEER rating will make your replacement HVAC more costly, it will also give you savings every month.
If your home already has ductwork and the ductwork has no damage, installing a new AC won’t cost you too much. But installing an HVAC system in a home with no or damaged ductwork could cost you thousands of dollars more.
This is because installing or fixing ductwork requires significant labor. It’s one of the main reasons you can be sure how much your replacement will cost until you speak with a professional.
Supplemental System Options
Another factor to consider is your supplemental systems. If you have concerns about your air quality, you may want to install an indoor air quality system. As you may expect, this increases the cost of your installation. But it also makes it easier and safer to breathe the air in your home.
Similarly, you may want to change the humidity in your home. To add humidity, you need a whole-home dehumidifier. For the purpose of reducing the humidity, you can install a dehumidifier. Purchasing and installing any of these systems will increase your quote, but they could save you money in the long run. It’s cheaper to install them at the same time as your AC installation than it is to install them at separate times.
You May Need a New Moore Heating and Air Conditioning System
Depending on your type of heating and cooling system, you may need to replace both your AC and your furnace. Even if it seems to work well, your furnace could be close to the end of its life. In this instance, it makes more sense to replace both your AC and furnace.
The average furnace only lasts for about 20 years. Before you decide to replace the AC, ask a professional about your furnace. They may advise you to replace that as well. While this increases your total cost, it could save you from freezing in the winter and spending more on a replacement then.
Quality of Work
Every company has unique rates for HVAC installation. And cheaper isn’t usually better. One company might offer a low rate for installation, but they probably won’t get the job done well. In the future, you may need frequent repairs or the system might only last a few years.
You could hire a handyman for your HVAC installation, but it’s not worth the savings on installation. If you’re serious about replacing your AC, you should work with an experienced provider. They may charge more, but you can rest easy knowing your installation was done properly. They can also help you learn about proper system maintenance.
How Can You Get an Estimate?
The best way to know how much it costs to replace your Moore heating and air conditioning is to call us at Home Comfort Solutions. Contact us now and we can get started.