A Guide to Determining Your AC Replacement Cost

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The weather is starting to warm up in the DC area, so if you’re in need of a new cooling system, now is the time to act. The longer you wait, the more likely that the best HVAC contractors in your area will get swamped with calls and the system you want will be on back-order.

Average AC Replacement Costs

The price of a good air conditioning system varies enormously. That’s why it’s essential to work with an experienced HVAC contractor to ensure the system you choose meets your family’s needs and budget and is the correct size.

Just a few factors affecting AC replacement costs include:

  • The size of your home. Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to cooling equipment. The most efficient systems are designed to match (not exceed) your home’s cooling needs. The size/capacity of an air conditioning system is measured in tons. For instance, a one-ton unit can remove 12,000 British thermal units (BTUs) of heat from your home in one hour. A three-ton unit will remove 36,000 BTUs.
  • The SEER rating. The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is also a major factor in your AC replacement cost. The higher the number, the more energy-efficient the system is and, generally, the more expensive upfront costs will be. Energy-efficient air conditioners, however, will often pay for themselves in the long run as they can significantly lower your monthly energy bill.
  • The type of system. There are several types of cooling systems to choose from. You are likely familiar with the traditional system that uses refrigerant to transfer cool air into your home. However, you may also want to consider heat pump systems that use the naturally-cooled air from the ground around your home to cool the inside of your home or split systems that cool rooms without duct work.

Many HVAC companies will often offer coupons that can bring your final AC replacement cost down. Rebates and tax credits offered by utility companies and local and state government agencies can also be used to make your AC replacement cost more affordable.

Contact Us for an Accurate AC Replacement Estimate Cost in Maryland or Washington, DC

Deciding what type of cooling system is best for you and your family can be confusing. Let us help! Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing has been providing Maryland and DC homeowners like you with accurate AC replacement costs and high quality installations for more than two decades. To learn more about replacing your air conditioning system in Maryland or DC, call 301 990-7970 or fill out an online contact form today.


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