Your Complete Guide to Air Conditioner Replacement Cost 2022

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Do you own an old rusty AC unit and wonder how much does an air conditioner replacement cost? The cost of replacement for an air conditioner in a residential home can range between $4,350-$12,095. This includes labor and permit fees.

That may seem like a wide range, but it reflects the equally wide range of variables and choices available to a homeowner that we discussed earlier.

But we can break this range down a little further.

Air conditioning units typically fall into the following categories:

  • Entry-level
  • Mid-range
  • High-end

Entry-level air conditioners offer single-stage cooling. They’re a reliable cooling solution if you’re on a budget or if you don’t plan to stay in your home long-term.

Entry-level air conditioners typically cost between $4,350-$8,000.

Mid-range air conditioners offer two-stage cooling. Because of their increased efficiency, mid-range air conditioners can be great if you plan to stay in your home long-term.

Mid-range air conditioners typically cost between $6,200-$9,500. 

High-end air conditioners offer variable-speed cooling. Because they provide you with the most control over your system, high-end air conditioners can be great if you want to address multiple problem areas in your home.

High-end air conditioners typically cost between $8,200-$12,095.

The average total central air conditioner replacement cost is $4,575.

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Your cost will fall between $2,375 and $7,500 based on the cost factors listed in this table and fully discussed below.

  Low Cost Average Cost High Cost
$2,375 to $3,900 $3,900 to $5,600 $5,600 to $7,500
SEER Rating 13-16 16-20 19-26
Performance Single-stage Single or Two-stage Two-stage or Variable
AC & Coil Size 1.5 to 5.0 tons 3.0 to 5.0 tons 2.0 to 5.0 tons
Brand Standard Standard or Premium Premium
Installation Easy Easy to Average Average to Difficult
Extras None Few Several

 

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Central Air Conditioner Replacement Cost Table – AC + Installation

The prices in these table include all the equipment and materials plus AC installation labor cost.

Note: The price ranges are very broad for 2 reasons.

1). They cover all sizes, from 1.5 to 5.0 tons

2). They cover all series from basic to better to best, plus the lowest efficiency to the highest efficiency.

Brand Equipment Only Installed Cost
Aire-Flo* $1,900 – $4,270 $2,920 – $5,730
Amana $1,920 – $5,290 $3,630 – $8,560
American Standard $2,470 – $7,000 $4,300 – $10,620
Armstrong/Air Ease $2,300 – $5,660 $4,070 – $9,750
Bryant $3,200 – $7,190 $4,300 – $9,940
Carrier $3,420 – $7,680 $4,620 – $10,860
Coleman $2,560 – $5,610 $4,410 – $9,310
Comfortmaker $2,070 – $5,170 $4,130 – $9,020
Daikin $2,320 – $5,540 $3,820 – $9,900
Day & Night $2,310 – $5,090 $3,760 – $9,070
Ducane* $2,110 – $3,950 $3,410 – $7,050
Frigidaire $2,500 – $5,630 $4,170 – $9,260
Gibson* $2,390 – $3,930 $4,000 – $6,110
Goodman $1,590 – $4,080 $2,850 – $6,920
Heil $2,090 – $5,300 $3,730 – $8,990
Janitrol Discontinued Discontinued
Keeprite $2,090 – $5,240 $3,650 – $6,700
Lennox $3,160 – $7,230 $4,750 – $10,780
Luxaire $2,610 – $6,020 $4,590 – $9,580
Maytag $2,310 – $5,580 $4,490 – $10,070
Nordyne Discontinued Discontinued
Payne* $1,950 – $3,920 $3,910 – $6,770
Rheem $3,460 – $6,660 $4,730 – $9,410
Ruud $3,460 – $6,590 $4,700 – $9,300
Tempstar $2,130 – $5,240 $3,590 – $6,820
Trane $3,370 – $7,440 $4,360 – $20
York $2,590 – $5,980 $4,440 – $9,620

*Aire Flo, Ducane, Gibson, Payne and a few other brands make a limited range of basic ACs.

 

Here are unit costs from central air conditioner replacement costs by size.

AC Unit Size Home Size Equipment Cost Installed Cost
1.5 tons 600 – 1000 sf $1,880 – $3,460 $2,840 – $4,620
2.0 tons 1001 – 1300 sf $2,260 – $4,290 $3,410 – $5,740
2.5 tons 1301 – 1600 sf $2,700 – $5,090 $3,610 – $6,700
3.0 tons 1601 – 1900 sf $3,050 – $5,830 $4,590 – $7,930
3.5 tons 1901 – 2200 sf $3,400 – $6,560 $4,860 – $8,970
4.0 tons 2201 – 2600 sf $3,470 – $7,020 $5,060 – $9,360
5.0 tons 2601 – 3200 sf $3,820 – $7,590 $5,750 – $11,170

 

Installation Cost out of air conditioner replacement cost by Tons

Central Air Conditioner Size AC Unit BTU AC Unit Only  
1.5 Tons 18,000 BTU $2,000
2 Tons 24,000 BTU $2,620
2.5 Tons 30000 BTU $2,895
3 Tons 36000 BTU $2,920
3.5 Tons 42000 BTU $3,550
4 Tons 48000 BTU $3,650
5 Tons 60000 BTU $3,690

 

Condensing unit cost: $700 – $3,950

Indoor coil cost: $175 – $1,100

Refrigerant line set cost: $120 – $400

Installation labor cost: $1,250 – $2,300

Potential extra costs (see next section): $500-$1,450

Potential Extra Charges

Condensing unit pad cost: $20 – $150

30 Amp circuit and wiring cost: $325 – $615

Permit and inspection cost: $125 – $200

*Thermostat installed cost: $40 – $500+

**Ductwork: $3,000 – $4,500

 

How much does it cost to install a central air conditioner?

$1,400 – $3,500 | Central Air Conditioner Installation Cost for Labor

 

$2,000-$4,000 | Quality R-6 insulated ductwork

$20-$150 | Condensing unit pad

$120-$400 | Refrigerant lineset

$175-$500 | Uncased evaporator coil

$225-$575 | Cased evaporator coil

$12-$100 | Non-programmable thermostat

$15-$124 | Basic programmable thermostat

$135-$500 | Wi-Fi programmable thermostat

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zoning system is typically around $2,000 to $3,500 depending on the number of zones based on location:

  • Zones 1 & 2 (hot): 22-30 Btu/sq. ft.
  • Zone 3 (warm): 20-24 Btu/sq. ft.
  • Zone 4 (moderate): 18-22 Btu/sq. ft.
  • Zone 5 (cool): 16-20 Btu/sq. ft.
  • Zone 6 (cold): 14-18 Btu/sq. ft.
  • Zone 7 (very cold): 12-16 Btu/sq. ft.
  • Zones 1 & 2 (hot): 18 SEER and up
  • Zone 3 (very warm): 17-18 SEER
  • Zone 4 (warm): 16-18 SEER
  • Zone 5 (moderate): 15-16 SEER
  • Zone 6 (cool): 15-16 SEER
  • Zone 7 (cool): Up to 15 SEER

How Size and SEER Affect Air Conditioner Replacement Cost

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This table shows AC size and efficiency.

  13-16 SEER 17-20 SEER 21-26 SEER
Single-stage 2-stage Variable-capacity
1.5-2.0 tons $2,375 – $3,900 $3,585 – $4,700 $5,200 – $6,350
2.5-3.0 tons $2,500 – $4,100 $3,750 – $4,935 $5,385 – $6,600
3.5-4.0 tons $2,625 – $4,350 $4,000 – $5,115 $5,650 – $6,885
5.0 tons $2,950 – $4,735 $4,395 – $5,600 $5,900 – $7,500
*These are installed costs. Expensive thermostats are not included in the cost.

 

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