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cost replacing A/C unit
Amount: $6,500.00 for the cake
Posted by: Jennifer Richardson in Boise, ID.Posted: June 11th, 2010 03:06PM
Contractor: J&D heatingBTUs: 48,000
I think you paid too much. I just had a new energy efficient A/C unit replaced for a 2000sqft home, which cost $6500 including labor and a new coil.
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Avg cost per sq ft
Amount: $0.00 for the cake
Posted by: Old 2 Fam Colonial converted to single family in boston, MA.Posted: June 6th, 2010 08:06AM
Contractor: naBTUs:
what is the average cost per sq ft (3650 sq ft) for an old home (1925) that is insulated, with two different heating systems (oil, but one forced and other steam), no existing ducts (radiators)?
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4 Ton Goodman - 14 seer A/C
Amount: $5,600.00 for the cake
Posted by: Leah in Houston, TX.Posted: June 1st, 2010 10:06AM
I am having the above unit installed today. Does this sound like a fair price?
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Trane
Amount: $7,795.00 for the cake
Posted by: BDon in Latrobe, PA.Posted: May 31st, 2010 03:05PM
Contractor: Johnson'sBTUs:
I was quoted $3845 for a Trane XR-13, 3.5 Ton a/c system and 3300 for a Trane XR-95 furnace. That's a grand total of $7795, which includes labor and everthing. I have no clue if this is a good quote.
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amana 18 seer split ac/heat 1800 ft
Amount: $9,600.00 for the cake
Posted by: Wes Turnbow in Bryan, TX.Posted: May 31st, 2010 01:05PM
Contractor: alamo a/c heatBTUs:
do not know how many BTUs it is. it cycles often then does not get the temp down to the set point;
Used exesting ducts. temp from ducts is about 78/oF
could the unit be to large? Had the attic unit changed because of leaks of freon that smelled like urin getting into the ducts.
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American Standard 4A7A3030
Amount: $4,500.00 for the cake
Posted by: Tonya in McKinney, TX.Posted: May 29th, 2010 09:05PM
Contractor: AAA Air ServiceBTUs:
quoted $4,500 (including installation) to replace Lennox unit with an American Standard 4A7A3030, 2.5 ton unit including new coil. Is this a fair price? I live in McKinney, Texas.
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Carrier Comfort 24ACC6
Amount: $6,500.00 for the cake
Posted by: Striped in Burlington, MA.Posted: May 26th, 2010 09:05AM
Contractor: Arbat Htg & CoolingBTUs: 30000
Installed new 2.5 ton 16 SEER Carrier Comfort. The price includes electric work and all new flexible ducts. The outdoor unit was installed on a concrete base. Additionally, I'll get a $400 rebate from electrical company and the tax credit.
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replacement a/c Carrier
Amount: $4,000.00 for the cake
Posted by: Nat Bishop in Covington/Latonia, KY.Posted: May 26th, 2010 04:05AM
Contractor: localBTUs:
I was quoted $4000 for replacement unit. All existing ductwork. Copper pipes to be replaced due to old coolant. This is only 1,000 sq. ft. home, 2-story, 2BR. Is this a good price?
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cost to replace AC unit
Amount: $5,187.67 for the cake
Posted by: Lis in Alpharetta GA in Alpharetta, GA.Posted: May 25th, 2010 12:05PM
Contractor: Milton Heating and AirBTUs:
I got a quote for a Bryant 16 SEER Legacy Series 3 Ton Puron Air Conditioner and a Bryant 80% AFUE 2 Stage Variable speed 90k BTU Furnace and an evaporater coil for $5187.57. Is this a fair price? We got a couple of quotes but not on same models or makes so we weren't comparing apples to apples.
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Is this a good price
Amount: $3,682.00 for the cake
Posted by: Linda J in Gainesville, FL.Posted: May 24th, 2010 04:05PM
I have been quoted $3682.00 for a Carrier 13 seer 3 ton air conditioner to include evaporator coil , condensate drain hook up, refrigerant field piped copper, channel cover. There is a note that I need to replace refrigerant lines due to undersize and they will run the lines through the attic. Is this a fair price? It seems high to me for an outside unit and evaporator coil.
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Over paying
Amount: $0.00 for the cake
Posted by: Mike James in Carmel, IN.Posted: May 24th, 2010 03:05PM
I see allot of people have really over paid on here. Another person said it best re: get at least three quotes from reliable local companies. The markup is HUGE on these units and it pays to shop around
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Average Cost
Amount: $6,775.00 for the cake
Posted by: Daniel S. in Lewisville, TX.Posted: May 23rd, 2010 07:05AM
Contractor: CarrierBTUs: 48,000
An average of the comments above, and other 3 quotes comes to $6775 per A/C and Heating system (a few systems in the average included some ducts too). Quotes vary greatly. I have two quotes for a Carrier 5 ton 15 SEER at $6122 and $7100, and a quote for a Carrier 5 ton 14 SEER at $5446.
JoeCooling.com lists some good pricing information, but I've yet to see anyone local coming as low as those prices listed at JoeCooling.com. A Goodman 4 ton 16 SEER (parts only) costs $2525 (see: www.aciscool.com/pd-4-ton-air-conditioning-split-system-16-seer-r410a-freon-goodman-horizontal.cfm).
Hope this helps.
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Amount Paid
Amount: $3,200.00 for the cake
Posted by: a user in Houston, TX.Posted: May 21st, 2010 08:05PM
Had outside A/C unit replaced
with 5 ton 13 SEER Carrier unit.
No replacement of evaporator coil only box outside.
Reasonable?
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did sears rip me off?
Amount: $8,100.00 for the cake
Posted by: Shawn Lake Worth Fl in lake worth, FL.Posted: May 20th, 2010 08:05PM
Contractor: searsBTUs: 18
I bought an 3 1/2 ton 18 sear ac unit fo my 1300 sq ft house. All duct work and wiring were existing. Since then everyone i've spoken to said they paid between $2900 and $3900. Did sears really get over on me good?
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2.5 ton, 15 SEER, TRANE HP,
Amount: $7,250.00 for the cake
Posted by: F.R in Sterling, VA.Posted: May 17th, 2010 02:05PM
Contractor: zagros HVAC L.L.CBTUs:
This was the Best offer I got for replacing my Heat pump. this price was offered with 10 years warranty and $ 1,500.00 tax credit. It means I'll be looking at $5,750.00 when claim it.they were on time and did an excelent job. the system is working perfectly. I recomend Zagros HVAC to anyone who is looking to replace their system in Virginia.
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installs
Amount: $0.00 for the cake
Posted by: riostr in Huntington Beach, CA.Posted: May 16th, 2010 07:05PM
Contractor: naBTUs: na
I've seen pricing all over the board for H.V.A.C. work.
For the most part comparing prices on the net are futile at best. The best way to get a fair price is to get at least three bids and let the contractors know you are getting other bids. It keeps them honest. Never show other contractors your other bids because with a price and the particulars a dishonest contractor will find a way to beat the bid by cutting corners. Make sure you are dealing with contractors, I cannot tell you how many times I've gone in behind non contractors to do their cleanup because the job was done wrong and the non contractor was no where to be found. Also when your house burns down because it wasn't done correctly don't expect your home owners policy to pay off.
As for do it yourself errs some people have the where with all but it's not so cut and dry as just pulling old units out and stuffing units in. First of all if you get caught dumping freon your great deal just got a little more expensive. ( By at least $10,000.00 to start with.) If the city gets involved because one of your neighbors decided to get nosy you have a whole new set of problems. Also due to new efficiency requirement's tests will have to be performed this is a field on to itself. Not to mention if you don't do it by the book and your house is damaged insurance will not pay off. (Any unit over 400 lbs. mounted on a roof requires a structural engineer to certify that your roof can take the weight. Oh and did I mention that equipment mfrs. Void warranties on equipment installed by anyone other than a licensed contractor.

Basically what you are paying for is a little piece of mind that all will be well as your family sleeps and if there's a problem someone will show up to correct the problem. If things are really wrong at least the contractors board will help you get it straightened out if your contractor does not..
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Carrier Infinity 4 Ton 16.5 SEER
Amount: $7,809.45 for the cake
Posted by: csml11 in NA, TX.Posted: May 10th, 2010 10:05AM
Contractor: NABTUs: 48K
We just purchased a new Carrier Infinity 4 Ton 16.5 Seer HVAC system with 48k BTU.
I watched the entire process--probably not necessary but I wanted to see what was going (and I did learn a great deal).

Installation of the new unit was to replace a 1994 Arcoaire 4 Ton Unit Heating and AC unit.
They completely removed the old product and installed new refrigerant lines, etc, etc, along with several other items.
Installation was a challenge; however, they were steadfast and I believe provided excellent quality service.

Does this seem pretty much in line with average cost for a new changeout system and installation?
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Goodman from "Friends" in the Business
Amount: $4,800.00 for the cake
Posted by: a user in N/A, VA.Posted: May 2nd, 2010 10:05PM
Contractor: N/ABTUs: 80k
To let everyone know the markup that these commercial companies are giving you, I have several friends who are either top techs or owners of HVAC companies on both coasts. I had a 14 seer Goodman system AND dual fuel Goodman 80k 2 stage Furnace AND 4 duct-work ripped out and redone AND new compressor pump (for dual fuel switch at 38 degrees to auto start gas furnace) AND complete relocation of outside compressor unit to other side of house hiding it from my porch + all new compressor wires/hoses/returns + fuse/braker box to my main fuse box + sealing old holes and leftover hoses + digital thermostat (new in box) + external temp gauge for switchover + recycling of old units.

Please, please shop around, find someone who knows someone. Just MAKE SURE these individuals are licensed and certified. The equipment means nothing if the installer doesnt know what they are doing. But this is a comparison of what "Cost" is vs. What seems everyone is overpaying. (note all equipment is brand new with sealed warranty slips)
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Amana vs Lennox Central Air/Heat & new duct work 15 Seer
Amount: $11,800.00 for the cake
Posted by: JudyC in Arlington, TX.Posted: April 21st, 2010 11:04AM
Contractor: AveryBTUs:
I got a bid for $11,800 for an Amana 15 Seer Central Heat & air with new duct work.Is this bid too high for this Amana Unit. I live in Fort Worth, TX
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Lennox 15GCSX
Amount: $16,281.00 for the cake
Posted by: Meg in Tucson, AZ.Posted: April 19th, 2010 06:04PM
Contractor: D&HBTUs:
I've been quoted $16,281 (before $2,500 rebates) for 2 Lennox gas pkg units (2 ton and 3 ton, 15 SEER). House is approx. 1900 sq ft. Can anyone tell me if this is a fare price?
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It sounds like just about everyone here got ripped off
Amount: $117.45 for the cake
Posted by: DIY = not afraid to fail in internet order, Other.Posted: April 18th, 2010 08:04PM
Contractor: selfBTUs: n/a
new 1/3 hp motor for condenser
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Amana 18 Seer
Amount: $11,388.00 for the cake
Posted by: M K in Plano, TX.Posted: April 6th, 2010 10:04AM
Contractor: BTUs: 48,000
Is this a decent/fair price for a replacement unit?
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To Farrah in Livermore, CA
Amount: $9,000.00 for the cake
Posted by: Fellow Bay Arean in Mountain View, CA, CA.Posted: April 6th, 2010 04:04AM
Contractor: Sandium (in Mt View)BTUs: 60000
Hi Farrah, what a coincidence, I have been shopping for a new furnace/AC system in the Bay Area also. I was recently quoted $6,800-$6,900 for a 2.5 ton Carrier 60,000 btu 2-stage furnace/15 Seer A/C which I am told would be very energy efficient and would qualify for $1,950 in rebates and tax credits. But add to that permit (few hundred), new ducts (usually quoted $300-$350 per duct in the Bay Area), possibly the need for additional electrical to be up to code ($270) and it could run mid $9,000s for me. $11,000 sounds too high unless your house is big (2,000 sqft+)
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Lennox vs. Amana
Amount: $11,000.00 for the cake
Posted by: Farrah in Livermore, CA.Posted: April 5th, 2010 09:04PM
Contractor: Freschi-Temp PerfectBTUs: Whole NEW HVAC
I am pretty sure I am being totally high-balled and do not appreciate it. What is the typical cost of a new central heating and ac system with all new duct work in CA? Careful, they are even trying trying to slip in Fed rebate and Pge rebate as part of their bottom price!
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Amana ASX16 5 ton
Amount: $7,000.00 for the cake
Posted by: petabb in Houston, TX.Posted: March 30th, 2010 06:03PM
Contractor: Andes Air SystemBTUs:
Complete system with all the vents, ducts, grill for a 2600 sq ft one story. Extremely happy with the price and installation. I think I got a pretty decent deal.
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replacing compressor & plug on home a/c
Amount: $700.00 for the cake
Posted by: dina in winter haven, FL.Posted: March 29th, 2010 07:03AM
Contractor: BTUs: ?
We are under warranty for a Bryan a/c (home around 1600 sq ft) I'm told that the parts (compressor & plug)need to be replaced. Is $700 reasonable for what our tech says should be around 4 hrs of work?
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Replacing Trane A/C
Amount: $5,655.00 for the cake
Posted by: j.michael in Norht Palm Beach, FL.Posted: March 21st, 2010 07:03AM
I am about to replace my Trane 1997 unit 2.5 ton
with a new one 15.25 seer XLi5i variable speed
with a 4 TEE3F3 TB1000A with 5 KW heater. $5655
Is this a good price. I had quote from another for
13.75 seer American Standard for 2.5 ton for $3973.
I would prefer Trane but why so much more.
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central air and heat
Amount: $0.00 for the cake
Posted by: Mrs. D. in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: March 5th, 2010 11:03AM
we just bought an old home built in 1913. there is no insulation since its so old. we are considering geting central air & heat. we currently have an estimate for $8000. Is this a good price?
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San Diego Heating System Install
Amount: $2,900.00 for the cake
Posted by: Steve Forest in San Diego, CA.Posted: February 8th, 2010 12:02PM
Contractor: Baer Heating & AirBTUs: 3 ton
We had a new gas furnace installed in our home for $2,900. There had been an old goodman brand in attic that we replaced with a new 95 rheem. We are getting a tax credit and SDGE rebate.
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new electric furnace cost
Amount: $0.00 for the cake
Posted by: Jeffrey Forest in Seattle, WA.Posted: December 16th, 2009 10:12AM
How much should I be paying for a new Lennox electric forced air furnace with install? We already tore out the old furnace and the ducting etc. is there. I got two bids and they are very different. Both rated as good companys. Should I get more bids?
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