AC Installation Costs

AC Installation Costs

How Much Is a New Air Conditioner in Oceanside, San Diego, & the Surrounding Cities?

Installing a new air conditioner is a big investment, that much is for certain. That means it isn’t something that the average homeowner can do on a whim—you need to plan for it, save up, and create a budget for your new project. However, what should your budget for this project be? The answer isn’t typically straightforward.

To help you make sense of this frequently asked question, the team at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air offers a few guidelines for air conditioning installation costs, including explaining some of the forgotten or often-ignored costs that are associated with a full system replacement.

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Central AC Considerations

Choosing the right air conditioning system is where load calculation comes into play, as you want to pick the right size unit to install. Too big or too small of an AC unit can lead to costly repair or replacement down the road. Likewise, choosing a system with a higher SEER rating will improve energy efficiency, but there may come a point where the cost of improving efficiency may outweigh the savings in the long term. Our team will help you make the right choice.

Pre-Installation Evaluation

A pre-installation evaluation is the crucial first step that starts any AC install project, be it a replacement or new installation. A professional will conduct an energy load test on your home as well as determine how much cooling power your home needs through careful measurement and evaluation. This allows them to recommend the ideal size system that best-achieves the balance between performance and energy efficiency. Most air conditioning installation issues stem from installing an improperly-sized air conditioning unit, so this service is immensely important.Luis, technician

 Ductwork Services

Your existing ducts often can’t handle the airflow of a newly installed air conditioner. New systems use high-power blower fans that put a lot of pressure on older, fragile air ducts. Any upgrades to accommodate a new system will likely increase the cost to install a cooling unit, but will ultimately help you avoid costly, high energy bills and hot rooms in the future.

A full system replacement is also an optimal time to either install new ducts for additions to your home, zoning capability to divide your home into different cooling regions, or even to repair damaged ducts. All of these services can add to your install project cost.

No matter the problem, our experienced AC installation technicians will determine your needs & help you with finances before any work is done. Dial (760) 276-6690 today to schedule a pre-installation evaluation service with John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Should I replace or repair my AC unit?

    Many customers ask if they should repair a broken air conditioning unit versus a full replacement. Often, a well-maintained and newer AC unit will be able to be repaired depending on the issue. If it is a part under warranty, replacement of the part is a simple fix. However, if the AC is more than 10 years old, has not been regularly serviced, or is in need of a major repair, replacement is the best option. Our team will provide all available options for homeowners to consider.

  • What's a Pre-Installation Evaluation? Does My New A/C Need One?

    In short, yes. A first step is conducting an energy audit to determine the energy load for your home. Calculating the load tells the experts at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air how much heat your house gains throughout the day & what size air conditioner will work best to keep it cool. This is critical as most A/C installation issues stem from an improperly-sized air conditioning unit.

  • Is Your Home's Ductwork & Design Able to Handle a New A/C System?

    Often your old, existing ducts can’t handle the airflow of a newly installed air conditioner. Any upgrades to accommodate a new system will likely increase the cost to install an A/C unit, but will ultimately help you avoid costly, high energy bills & hot rooms in the future.

  • What Type of Central A/C Unit Should I Install?

    Here’s where the load calculation comes into play, as you want to pick the right size A/C unit to install – either too big or too small of an A/C unit can lead to costly repair or replacement down the road. Call the HVAC professionals at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air, they’ll know which A/C unit is perfect to install in your home at the lowest price.

  • How Much Does it Cost To Get My Air Conditioning Unit Installed?

    The price of replacing your air conditioning unit depends a lot on the size of the unit you need to fit the size of your house. But no matter what unit you pick out for your home, ask an expert at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air for fast answers & reliable service. Trained technicians can come to your house to give you an upfront, transparent installation report, as well as consult you on what unit your home will need.

  • Why Would My Air Conditioner Stop Working?

    Breakdown of your home A/C unit can stem from many different things, from an electrical issue to the compressor being misaligned or broken. Luckily for you, the team at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air is trained in diagnosing the problem and presenting you with a competitive price to fix or replace and install your new A/C unit.

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