What Does a New AC Unit Cost? Repairing vs. Replacing Your HVAC

 In Savings and Financing, System Maintenance, System Repair

How much does a new AC unit cost? And when does it make sense to replace instead of repair? Unfortunately, there’s not always an easy answer.   

The cost of a new unit can vary based on factors such as the size of your home, the type of system you choose and your location. Considering your reasons for replacement before shopping around can help determine whether the cost is worth the benefits. Here’s what you need to know. 

Reasons to Replace Your Unit

Wondering whether it’s time to say goodbye to your old HVAC? If the unit is broken down and not functioning, a new system is often the clear choice. However, there are reasons to upgrade a system that is still functional if it’s not working like it should or is constantly in need of repairs. Here are a few factors to consider. 

  • Energy Efficiency: Newer AC units are generally more energy efficient. This means they can cool your home using less energy, leading to potential savings on your energy bills.  
  • Enhanced Comfort: A new AC unit can provide better and more consistent cooling, improving comfort levels throughout your home.  
  • Advanced Features: Modern AC units often come with advanced features such as programmable thermostats, smart technology integration, and better humidity control.  
  • Reduced Repair Costs: Older units may require frequent repairs, which can add up over time. Investing in a new system can reduce ongoing repair expenses.  
  • Environmentally Friendly: Energy-efficient systems are often more environmentally friendly, reducing your carbon footprint.  
  • Home Value. Upgrading your HVAC system can enhance the resale value of your home, potentially providing a return on your investment.  
  • Reduced Repair Costs: New units typically come with warranties that cover repairs for several years. This can save you money on unexpected repair expenses. 

Should I Replace My HVAC? 

If you’ve considered the benefits and are still not sure whether it’s the right time to replace your unit, consider these questions. 

  1. How much will it cost to make repairs? How much have you already invested in repairs?  
  2. Do you plan to live in your house for many years or do you plan to sell it in the near future?  
  3. Do you have a home warranty or any other sort of coverage that could cover repairs or even a replacement unit?  
  4. How old is the unit you currently have? Are the features up to date?  
  5. What new HVAC features are you interested in?  

Answering these questions can help you decide whether you’re ready to invest in a new unit. 

Looking at Financing – What Does a New AC Unit Cost?

So how much does a new AC unit cost? While the cost of a new HVAC unit is based on several factors, you can consider a few ballpark numbers. 

The average cost of a new AC unit* is around $7,500 to $10,000, depending on unit size and features. 

To contrast a new unit with the cost of repairing an old one, here are the averages to consider*: 

  • Minor Repairs (for issues such as capacitor replacement, contractors, stats, zone dampers, etc.): $225 to $650. 
  • Moderate Repairs (for multiple small repairs, motors, etc.): $650 to $2,000. 
  • Major Repairs (for motors, coils, compressors, etc.): $2,000 to $3,500 or more. Anything that is communicating is proprietary and is always more expensive to repair. 

*Remember, these are just average numbers and may not be accurate for your home or HVAC needs. To find out what a new AC unit or repairs will cost, reach out to a trusted local company for an estimate. 

Before you become overwhelmed with cost, keep in mind that financing options may be available.   In some regions, there are government incentives or tax credits for upgrading to energy-efficient HVAC systems. These incentives can help offset the initial cost.  

Trust the Home Comfort Experts

Whether you’re ready to kick your HVAC to the curb or just need some maintenance, Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning will keep you comfortable. If you’re not sure what you need, we recommend scheduling an inspection. We can help you find the most cost-effective option for you and your home. Click here to contact us or call 850.580.4029 to get started.   

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