The most expensive appliance in any home is the home comfort system–the system that provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). The heating system creates warm air, the cooling system produces cold air, and the ventilation network distributes the warm or cool air around the home to keep us comfortable.
With proper maintenance, the heating system will have a long life. However, there are operational efficiencies in newer heating systems that may make it desirable to replace an existing furnace that still has an expectation of years of additional service. Ductwork needs occasional attention but often lasts a lifetime. The air conditioning system will usually be the first to need replacement. Common estimates state that an air conditioner replacement is needed every 10 to 15 years, with shorter lives in extremely hot climates like Arizona and high humidity / salinity climates like Florida.
AC Replacement Estimates Will Vary
There are several factors that influence the cost of an air conditioner replacement.
- The brand and capacity of the air conditioner replacement is the biggest factor. There are low-priced, low-quality systems available, but they may not last long and they may not be efficient. Highest price is not necessarily the best option unless it is so efficient that you will recoup your initial investment quickly through reduced utility costs. You should be looking for the optimal combination of price, efficiency, and durability.
- Warranties matter. Even the best air conditioner replacement is going to need repairs eventually. A longer and more inclusive warranty makes it worth paying a little more for the initial purchase. Semper Fi offers a 10-year labor warranty available for purchase on most equipment and includes the 10-year labor warranty on the highest efficiency systems.
- Special offers and rebates can reduce the cost of an air conditioner replacement by thousands of dollars. Lower initial cost because of rebates will make it possible to recoup more of your initial investment through energy savings. SRP rebates can be as much as $1,125 per system.
- Installation charges should also be examined carefully. If your home layout makes it difficult to remove the old system and install the air conditioner replacement, the total price could increase.
- If you live in a neighborhood where most of the homes are the same age, check with your neighbors. Has their system been replaced? If so, how much did they pay? If your price quote is significantly higher or lower than your neighbor, do additional investigation. Get the best air conditioner replacement at the best price for years of lower utility bills.
What to Look for in an Air Conditioner Replacement Price Quote
- Be wary of a quote you get over the phone without a visit to your home. The price could be based on erroneous assumptions about your home and air conditioner replacement requirements. Semper Fi hesitates to provide firm over the phone quotes because we stand by our flat rate pricing 100%. No two installations are alike and you may end up getting a lower quote from Semper Fi by allowing us to evaluate your specific situation.
- Be cautious if no rebates or discounts are mentioned. Usually there are rebates available.
- Make sure the contractor is providing a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Check the contractor’s reviews.
- Check the contractor’s financing offers. Finance now and start reducing your utility bill immediately.
Semper Fi sells the best air conditioner replacements at the best prices. Call us for a quote and we will work hard to give you the best system for the best price.