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How much does a new heater cost? How much does an air conditioner cost?

How much does a new heater cost? How much does an air conditioner cost?

 

Being an expert in the heating and air conditioning industry, I hear this every day of my life. How much does a heater cost? How much does an air conditioner cost? Which helped me write this article. I’m going to explain what is entailed when installing a heating and air conditioning system along with a few examples based on how large a home is in square feet and how much you can expect to pay.

 

A day in the life a HVAC installation technician is a difficult job.  They are non-stop from the time they arrive at your home until clean up at the end. The day lasts between 8-12 hours. Their day goes something like this… Arrive at the home and identify where the equipment and electrical panel is located.  Start pumping down the old system to recycle the refrigerant. When that’s complete, they are tearing out the old heater and air conditioner. The heater is more difficult in some cases due to gas lines, electrical, venting, condensate lines and sheet metal fabrication. If you are converting from a chimney vented heater to a high efficiency heater, then the technicians are drilling holes in your home for the vent pipes. While drilling those holes, the technician makes the hole for the refrigerant tubing bigger so it’s easier to run the new tubing. After tear out is complete, they bring the new heater inside and start with the sheet metal. With the heater set in place, you can the hook up electrical, condensate, gas piping and finally the vent piping. The air conditioner is much easier. You remove the old air conditioner, level the dirt or put rocks down, hook up the electrical disconnect, braze the refrigerant lines and get it on the vacuum pump. The next step is to install the Thermostat and hook up the thermostat wire in the heater. The final and most important step in the process is completing a thorough start up. They weigh in the refrigerant, test gas pressure, set air flow and program the thermostat.

 

Below I will give a few examples based on the size of homes and what it will cost. The sizes of the homes and equipment sizes are pure speculation. You will need a load calculation performed on your home to get the correct size. My sizes will be pretty accurate for my service area which is Delaware and Chester county Pennsylvania.

 

Example 1: Home is 2,000 sq.ft. (Chimney Vented 80% furnace Only)

A home this size will equate to a 70,000 btu/h furnace. Included with the furnace is return drop, supply plenum, gas piping, electrical and venting. Installed cost is $2,800.00.

 

Example 2: Home is 2,000 sq.ft. (Chimney Vented 80% furnace to a high efficiency 90% Furnace)

A home this size will equate to a 70,000 btu/h furnace. Included with the furnace is return drop, supply plenum, gas piping, electrical and venting. Installed cost is $3,900.00.

 

Example 3: Home is 2,000 sq.ft. (Chimney Vented 80% furnace and 13 SEER Air Conditioner)

A home this size will equate to a 70,000 btu/h furnace and 2.5 Ton Air Conditioner. Included with this system is return drop, supply plenum, gas piping, electrical and PVC venting. Installed cost is $5,000.00.

 

Example 4: Home is 2,000 sq.ft. (90% high efficiency furnace and 13 SEER Air Conditioner)

A home this size will equate to a 70,000 btu/h furnace and 2.5 Ton Air Conditioner. Included with this system is return drop, supply plenum, gas piping, electrical and PVC venting. Installed cost is $6,100.00.