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Getting A New Air Conditioner? 3 Things To Know

Having a working air conditioner is a must during the hotter months of the year throughout much of the US. Your air conditioner works to keep your home comfortable and safe when temperatures outside start to rise. The typical residential air conditioner lasts for somewhere between 15 and 20 years on average. Usually after this amount of time has passed, it's time to replace your current system. Here are three things that you need to know if you are planning on having a new air conditioning system installed in your home.

The Cost

There are a variety of air conditioning systems to choose from if you are planning on replacing your current system. The system that works best for your home will depend on your budget and your cooling needs. On average you can expect to pay between $3,759 and $7,261 for residential air conditioning installation. How much you pay will vary depending on the type of system you choose, how much installation costs, and the difficulty of the installation process. The larger your home and the more complex the system, the more installation will cost. 

The Length of Installation

Another thing to consider when it comes to residential air conditioning installation is how long it will take. Typically it will take your contractor and their crew between one and two days to install your new system. Most systems can be installed within one day but more complicated systems will take around two days. The type of system you choose and how difficult the installation is will determine how long it takes. Some dust may be kicked up during installation. In order to prepare, heavy pieces of furniture may need to be covered and other items may need to be removed from certain rooms.

New Ductwork May Be Needed

If you are having a new air conditioning system installed, new ductwork may also be required as well. If your current ductwork is old or in bad condition, replacement is a must during this time. On average you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $5,000 to have new ductwork installed. Costs typically work out to between $35 and $55 per linear foot. It's important to discuss ductwork with your HVAC contractor.

If you are having a new residential air conditioning system installed, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, costs vary depending on the system you choose and your cooling needs. Installation is a relatively quick process and typically only takes a couple of days. If you are considering a new air conditioning system, you may also need new ductwork as well.