How much should a new AC system cost?

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Old 09-12-10, 09:32 AM
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How much should a new AC system cost?

My 4 ton AC system went out, the compressor is bad, the system is 9 years old. My service company reccommened a Lennox Elite 4 ton unit with a 15 seer rating, install price is $9396. Is that good or bad?
 
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Old 09-12-10, 09:55 AM
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Well...no Pro...but I can tell you what they will say/ask. Why did the comp go out? A comp replcement would prob be about $1000-1500. What model do you have now...some comps are warranted for 10 yrs..so you might only have to pay labor.

It's kind of like saying ..."Should I buy a new car because I need a transmission repair on my 9 y/o vehicle".

Also...there's know way to tell you if thats a good or bad price...too much varies by location. Always get at least three estimates for a job like this.
 
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i wouldnt pay more than $6000 for any 15 seer
 
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A straight 4 ton 16 seer changeout by me with no changes to ductwork would be under $4800 including basic electric heat. And I think you need 16 seer to qualify for the tax credit.

If the rest of the system is in good shape I usually recommend fixing over replacing unless the customer is looking to spend. compressor changeout about $800-900.
 
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Comp by a good company will be at least 1200 any less something is not geting done. For that kind of money I would get a new unit. This should cost a minumom of 5 grand for a 15 seer any less u are working with a jack leg
 
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Comp by a good company will be at least 1200 any less something is not geting done. For that kind of money I would get a new unit. This should cost a minumom of 5 grand for a 15 seer any less u are working with a jack leg
You don't know what you are talking about.

The biggest and some of the most repuatable companies by me do it for the price I posted or less every day. As menitoned prices vary by market.
 
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Old 09-12-10, 08:05 PM
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U are correct prices will vary. But under 800 for a comp change out!
 
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U are correct prices will vary. But under 800 for a comp change out!
Not under $800. But a 4 ton BRISTOL gets done in my area at about $800-950 often by big fully licensed companies. Job takes about three hours. The compressor and related parts/supplies are about $450 so that leaves about the same as profit. I know there are other costs to run a business but that still leaves money to be made.

The market is very competitive by me.
Not a big mark up but money is still made. Companies make it by doing high volume or in some cases low overhead.

Check out what a typical company in my area is charging for a 16 Seer install. Now granted the price they are showing is after the tax rebate and local utility rebate but even before all that the cost is only about $4000. And trust me they are making a nice living.

http://www.allyearcoolingandheating....FYyW7Qod_RWzHw
 
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Price is about the same in Texas. $800-900 compressor change out is common here. not only A/C, cost of living in general is lower in the South. a dozen of large AA eggs costs 75 cents (on sale in Wal-Mart), $1 regular price.
 
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Old 09-23-10, 05:50 PM
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holy god they musta saw me comin...

I have two units, 2 1/2 ton. Both are 20 yrs old. One is rusted out, unit as well as pan and was throwing water all over the place. They want 12,500 for a 2 1/2 ton, and 3 1/2 ton units. Theyre replacing inside and out, drains, thermos, return air ducts, and other ducts as needed...

I do get a 1500 tax credit.
800 cash back
and 700 rebate from my elect. co.

how badly am i getting reamed....

they start tomorrow....
 
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Old 09-25-10, 11:48 AM
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Price should be around 2000 to 2500 per ton plus extras
 
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