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What Is a Good HVAC Price When You Buy a New Unit?

HVAC priceKeeping comfortable in Yuma is expensive enough without paying an HVAC price that’s higher than it needs to be. By understanding what goes into pricing new equipment, you can avoid overpaying.

Consider Size and Brand

On average, a new forced-air system costs between $5,000 and $10,000 for the equipment and installation. Several factors go into that price: The larger your home is, the larger the system it will need. Each additional ton of cooling increases the cost of the equipment by around $500 to $1,000, but this is no place to skimp. An undersized system won’t keep your home comfortable and will only wear itself out early trying to handle the load. To correctly size your system, your HVAC contractor should come to your home to assess the individual factors that affect sizing. Choosing a unit that’s the same size as your old system or using a rough estimate could leave you with an incorrectly sized system.

Higher-efficiency systems generally cost more, but the brand also matters. Highly reputed brands such as Trane, Carrier, and LENNOX cost more than lesser-known brands such as Rheem, Rudd, York or Luxaire. Some cheaper brands may use less-durable materials or technology that limits the equipment’s reliability, costing you more for maintenance.

Factor in Labor

Some installations are more labor-intensive (and therefore more expensive) than others. Retrofits cost more than simple replacements, but even if you’re just replacing your system, if you need any ductwork repaired or installed, that adds to the HVAC price.

Some brands allow only authorized dealers to install their equipment. That could mean your HVAC price will be a little higher, but you’ll have greater assurance that your equipment is installed correctly for optimal reliability and efficiency.

To save more, aim to upgrade your system during the slower off seasons of early spring and early fall. Not only do some contractors offer lower rates then, but you’ll also have a better chance of scheduling the time you want with your first-choice installer.

For help finding an HVAC price within your budget, talk with us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.