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Cost to Replace Air Conditioner

Each AC unit has a lifespan. A few years after installation, there will come a time when you should replace either just some parts of the unit or the whole thing. While part replacements are usually affordable, a complete replacement may be quite costly.
Replacement work consists of a few tasks. First, you need to buy a new unit. The technician will start by removing the old unit. Then, they will install the new one. Lastly, they will dispose of your old unit using a specific method to make sure the Freon will not harm the environment. To make things more clear, here are the estimated costs to replace different types of air conditioners:


Central AC Replacement


As the most complex type of air conditioning system, central AC is also the costliest to replace. You will have to spend even more money if your ductwork needs replacing as well. Fortunately, this system is also the most durable one. It can last up to 15 years if you give it proper treatment and regular maintenance.


● New unit price: $1,600 to $4,000
● Old unit removal and disposal: $100 to $150
● New unit installation: $1,400 to $3,500
● TOTAL COST: $3,100 to $7,650


Replace a Mini-Split AC


The life expectancy of mini-split AC systems varies between 12 and 20 years long, depending on the brand and materials. Compared to other air conditioning systems, this one is pretty much in the middle when it comes to cost.


● New unit price: $1,000 to $4,000
● Old unit removal and disposal: $80 to $200
● New unit installation: $300 to $1,000
● TOTAL COST: $1,380 to $5,200


Replacing Window AC


Window AC units are the cheapest to replace. However, your window might get damaged in the process. Hence, you may also need to prepare for additional costs to get your window fixed or replaced. If treated and maintained well, a window AC unit can last up to 10 years.


● New unit price: $250 to $1,000
● Old unit removal and disposal: $80 to $200
● New unit installation: $60 to $200
● TOTAL COST: $390 to $1,400


How to Save Money on Replacement Costs


The price of a new unit may vary widely. The better the specifications, the pricier the unit will be. If your budget is tight, opt for an AC unit from one of the more affordable brands.
Cutting corners when it comes to the other costs is not advisable because most of those costs are labor fees. If you want lower labor costs, you might need to hire inexperienced or unprofessional technicians. This is a very unwise decision that you might regret later.
The cost to replace your air conditioner will be significantly different if you decide to change to a different system, especially if you want to convert to central AC after using a ductless system. This option will require you to spend more money on the ductwork installation. On the other hand, you can save a lot of money if you leave your central system to get a ductless system.


ECM Service – The AC Pros


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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