Have questions regarding a Spring TX air conditioning installation? It’s always hard to hear that you need more than just an air conditioning repair; you need a completely new cooling system. At Go Admiral of Spring, we’re here to help answer some questions you may have.
FAQ – AC Installations
How long should my air conditioner last?
With regular maintenance, an AC unit should last about 10 to 15 years. However, some units last longer, and others may not last as long. It depends on several factors.
An oversized or undersized unit can cause early wear and tear. Not getting seasonal tune-ups care can also cause a unit to break down more quickly. Lastly, inefficient systems won’t last as long.
Here in Spring, TX, air conditioners are run more frequently, which means it’s especially important to get the correct size AC system, perform seasonal maintenance, and make sure your home is as energy-efficient as possible.
When should I replace my HVAC system?
A note on HVAC systems
First, a little context. An HVAC system is a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. In Spring, Texas, homeowners typically have a natural gas furnace and an air conditioning unit.
While the two work together, they are technically separate products. The natural gas furnace uses the air conditioning duct system to push warm air into your home. It’s one of the benefits of a furnace–you save money because the two work together.
Here’s why that matters: if your air conditioner dies, you may not need to replace the furnace. Likewise, if your furnace dies, you may not need to replace the air conditioner. An HVAC replacement refers to replacing both the furnace and the air conditioner.
So, do you replace both at once? Most of the time, the furnace and the air conditioner die about the same time because they were installed together when the house was built. In these instances, you would replace both at the same time.
However, if your AC unit dies prematurely, you may not want or need to replace the furnace. It depends on the compatibility of the AC unit you want to install versus the furnace unit already installed (or vice-versa). It can be more complicated to replace only one of the two, and it may not lower the cost, so you’ll have to weigh your options.
When to replace
So, when do you replace your heater and air conditioner? If one of them suddenly dies on you, the answer’s pretty clear. Otherwise, checking in with your HVAC technician during seasonal maintenance is a great way to know how healthy your heating and cooling system is.
If your unit is more than 13 years old and you’ve noticed it’s not cooling as well, you may need to prepare for a replacement. Other signs include frequent AC or furnace repairs, a lot of water in the condensate pan, and long cycles with poor cooling results.
How much does it cost to replace my air conditioning and heating system?
HVAC replacement costs depend heavily on the size of the unit you need and whether you need additional labor, such as ductwork. The larger the AC unit, the higher the price. Let’s break it down by type of replacement.
Expect to pay a total of $3,800 to $7,500 to replace an AC unit. That includes both the labor and cost of the air conditioner. It’s important to buy the correct size unit, so ask your technician to calculate your home’s needs for a Spring TX air conditioning installation.
In Spring, TX, most homeowners have a 2.5- or 3-ton unit. However, older homes may need a larger size, while smaller and more energy-efficient homes may need a smaller size. The cost, including labor, of replacing a 2-ton unit is between $1,500 and $3,000, and a 3-ton unit replacement is between $2,000 and $4,000.
Including labor, a furnace replacement can cost between $2,600 and $6,300. Like AC units, smaller furnaces cost less than larger ones.
Complete HVAC System
To replace the entire HVAC system, you could pay anywhere between $1,500 and $12,500. Generally speaking, you can estimate your cost based on the square footage of your house. To replace both the AC and the furnace, you can expect to pay between $25 and $60 per square foot.
Many homes in the Greater Houston Area are between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet. The price range is between $4,000 to $7,000 for a 1,500 square foot home and $5,000 to $9,000 for a 2,000 square foot home.
Why is Spring TX air conditioning installation so expensive?
Much of the expense is based on the actual price of the AC unit or furnace itself. For example, lower-end, small AC units cost $1,000 to $1,500, while more expensive and larger ones can run up to $10,000.
In Spring, TX, most homes need a 2.5- to 3-ton unit, and these usually retail for at least $2,000. Furnaces retail between $1,000 and $4,000. The remaining portion is labor, which can cost between $500 and $2,500.
If your replacement is small and the labor is simple, you can expect to pay the lower labor price. However, if any part of your replacement is more complex, such as ductwork, your labor costs will be higher.
Can I install my own HVAC system?
While there’s definitely no law or person who will try to stop you–except maybe your mother–you probably should let a professional handle your installation. You may need to do more work than you initially expect, such as ductwork or upgrades. If that happens and you don’t have all the proper equipment, you may have to go a day or so without an AC unit until you can finish your installation.
Go Admiral of Spring can help you now!
At Go Admiral, we believe customer service should be nothing short of excellent. That’s why we are the only HVAC service company in the Greater Houston Area that offers a lifetime HVAC installation warranty. If you need a residential or commercial Spring TX air conditioning installation now, give the pros at Go Admiral of Spring a call or schedule an appointment online.
Spring, TX Fun Facts
- Collins Park, located in Spring, Texas, provides visitors 55 acres of outdoor recreation.
- Bonnie and Clyde are said to have visited Spring, TX, in the 1930s.
- Outdoor fans visiting Spring, Texas, can enjoy Mercer Botanic Garden’s 60 acres of tranquil gardens, ponds, and trails.
- For more fun facts, visit the Spring, Texas, website.