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Average Cost of Central AC

Central air conditioning systems are known to be a bit pricey. But considering the comfort they give, the cost seems to be rational. However, before you decide to have one installed in your home, you will need to establish your budget first. This way, you can determine if it is affordable and worth it for your family.

As a guideline, here is an estimation of the average cost of central air conditioning. Let’s assume that the AC unit has a capacity of 24,000 BTU and a SEER rating of 15.


The Initial Cost


To get started with the central air conditioning system, you need to buy the unit and get it installed. Before that, however, your house needs proper ductwork for the air distribution. The average price of a central AC unit ranges between $1,500 and $4,000, and the installation costs around $1,500 to $3,000. If your house isn’t already equipped with ductwork, you will likely spend approximately $3,000 to $9,000 to have it done.


The Operational Cost


Your monthly bill depends on many factors such as:how often you run it, how efficient the unit is, and how good your home insulation is. On average, US households spend about $90 to $125 per month for the operational cost of their central AC. Large houses that spend more time keeping their AC on will spend about $245 per month on the cooling system.


The Maintenance Cost


Central AC units require routine maintenance at least once every six months. For a basic tune-up, the average cost of maintenance would be around $75 to $150. If there are some issues found, the maintenance bill will rise to anywhere between $150 and $500, depending on the severity of the errors.


The Replacement Cost


When your unit breaks permanently, or is too old to function, you will need a total unit replacement. Although the price varies depending on what model you buy, the average cost of a central air conditioner replacement is around $1,500 to $4,000. If you buy a premium-brand AC unit , the estimated cost increases to around $3,000 to $6,000.


The Disposal Cost


When an AC unit is no longer in use, it needs to be properly disposed of, according to government regulation. Otherwise, the Freon may leak and harm the atmosphere. A regular HVAC contractor could help you safely remove your old AC unit, which would cost around $100 to $300.
Knowing the estimated cost of your AC system will be a huge benefit, and will help you determine if it is worth the financial investment. Although these are just the average costs of central air conditioners, you can use this information to estimate the cost of the system you plan to use for your home. For a more precise estimation, you can contact an HVAC contractor to have an inspection of your house done and get a calculation.

Professional Installation Can Lower the Average Cost of Central Air


ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re having issues with your HVAC system, we’re on-call and ready to assist you with your air conditioning needs. So if you’re in need of an HVAC Contractor, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an air conditioning service call diagnostic! Our HVAC experts will diagnose any issues that may be occurring with your HVAC system and help to repair your AC issue on the spot.



Best of all, because ECM is the largest HVAC company in South Florida our local warehouse facility that is 69,000 SQFT houses over $1 million in inventory and fully stocks our 127 vehicles on the road, making us one of the very few AC service companies capable of repairing most issues right on the spot. That means no waiting and no downtime without air conditioning for you & your family in the blistering Florida heat!



Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC team online.

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