How Much Should I Pay For A New AC Unit?

Purchasing a new heating and cooling system for you home can drive you crazy. What Brand? What SEER rating? Heat pump or Straight cool? First things first don’t loose sleep over deciding on your new machine. Buy from someone you like and who works for a company with a good reputation.

What you should look for when selecting your company.

  • Google Reviews, Customer Testimonials, BBB rating. In that order just because a company is A+ on BBB doesn’t mean they’re the right company
  • A technician that knows their stuff and loves the company he or she works for
  • Warranties and Guaranties offered that go above and beyond the manufacturers warranty
  • 24 hour service
  • Offers financing and/or rebates

What To Know When Deciding On SEER rating 

SEER rating stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating. So basically the higher the SEER rating the lower your electric bill will be. Right now the minimum SEER rating is 14. In order to Qualify for most government rebates you will need to install 15 SEER. Anything you purchase that is 16 SEER and up i highly recommend changing your ducts as well. The reason i say that is because often times 16 SEER equipment requires much larger ducts to achieve the efficiency.

What Brand

Brand of equipment isn’t nearly as important as you might think. 90% of your unit’s lifespan is going to depend on Installation and maintenance. If you are really interested in which brands i think are the best please refer to my previous post AC Unit Power Rankings.

How Much

There is no right answer to this question. My company charges between 6 and 10k for an installation price all depends on size, SEER rating, and the company. Whatever you do don’t let friends or family dictate your purchase. When purchasing a heating and cooling system you want it to be your decision don’t let anyone force your hand you will know if you got a good deal or not once the whole experience is over with.

The Purchase 

After you have gathered your estimates, hopefully no more than 2 or 3  PULL THE TRIGGER! Just do it your life is way too important to waste time getting 10 estimates or researching model and serial numbers.


When calling the company you choose tell  the Technician or Manager you are willing to proceed with the work if they can do it for $500 cheaper.



4 Replies to “How Much Should I Pay For A New AC Unit?”

  1. Hi Stacey. Your website is definitely for the US market. I applaud you for the details that you have given. Your honesty will come through.
    Patience is the key to everything. You will succeed with this style of website. Much praise my friend.

    1. Thank you very much for the praise Mr.Donaghy. Purchasing an AC system can be stressful, but if you find the right company and right equipment it can be a joyful experience.

  2. I can surely count on you for honest advice. There’s so many money hungry people out there that they forget about customer service.

    These are some great tips here. I can totally appreciate them. It’s nothing like a piece of mind that you’re going about it the right way when it comes to purchasing a new unit. I don’t want to waste time and spin my wheels for nothing. I’d rather make it a seamless process, get reviews, 2 or 3 estimates and be done with it. Buy the unit and put it behind me.

    1. Hey John thanks for the comment. Being in the field and seeing customers get 8 to 10 estimates on an AC unit and driving themselves crazy is what motivated me to post this. Purchasing a heating and cooling system shouldn’t be a burden in some cases it should even be fun. Next time you are buying a new system feel free to email me if you need any advice.

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