In our last blog post, we revealed the calculation that Denver homeowners can use to get a good idea of what size central air conditioner their home needs. The next obvious question is… how will the size of the ac unit you need affect the price to install or replace your air conditioner?
While central air conditioning units range in size from 1.5 tons to 5 tons, size will have only a slight affect on the cost to replace your air conditioner until you get into the bigger sizes, 3.5 tons and bigger. You won’t see much if any differences in the cost of units that are 3-tons or smaller in size.
Most companies charge roughly the same price for ac units ranging from 1.5 tons to 3 tons, and those that don’t only charge slightly more for 3-ton unit than they do for a 1-ton unit. A 3.5-ton unit will cost the company doing your installation substantially more than smaller a unit in the 1.5 – 3 ton size range.
Here’s a general idea of how much size affects the cost to install a new central air conditioner…
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- 3.5-ton units cost anywhere from $400-$700 more than a comparable 3-ton unit.
- 4-ton units will typically cost $500 – $800 more than a comparable 3-ton unit.
- 5-ton units will cost $800 – $1,200 more than a comparable 3-ton unit.
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- 3.5-ton units cost anywhere from $500-$800 more than a comparable 3-ton unit.
- 4-ton units will typically cost $800 – $1,100 more than a comparable 3-ton unit.
- 5-ton units will cost $1,500 – $2,000 more than a comparable 3-ton unit.
Cost differences vary from brand to brand, as well as what SEER rating you decide to go with, and what type of evaporative coil you choose to install. It’s a big mistake to select a company because they propose a smaller unit at a lower cost – especially if they don’t offer a written 100% money-back guarantee.
Some companies will downsize the unit you need to be able to offer you a lower price because they aren’t on the hook if your air conditioner doesn’t cool your home properly during the hottest part of the summer. What good is saving a few hundred bucks if your new air conditioner can’t keep your house comfortable when it’s 90 degrees outside? It’s far more important to hire a company you know you can trust to install the correct size air conditioner for your home.
If you haven’t read it yet, check out our blog post titled How Do I Know What Size Central Air Conditioning Unit I Need?