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Old 03-03-2010, 08:54 PM
 
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Has anyone gotten their central A/C replaced in the last year or two? If so, what'd you pay? I'm collecting quotes on getting my old unit replaced with a new energy efficient unit. I've had a couple companies come in, most want me to go with a 3 ton unit somewhere between 13-16 seer. My existing duct work looks pretty good, no major changes.

Any insight will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:35 AM
 
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do you have to replace the air handler with that or no... just the compressor?
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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If your replacing the inside heater/ac (furnace) and the outside condenser, expect to pay $4k-6K for a decent quality unit
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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Don't forget the tax credit on high efficiency units - up to $1500 IIRC.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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do you have to replace the air handler with that or no... just the compressor?
I have to replace both.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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If your replacing the inside heater/ac (furnace) and the outside condenser, expect to pay $4k-6K for a decent quality unit
That seems a low, especially for both a furnance and an A/C. The estimates I've received thus far for a 13 SEER A/C unit replacement have been > $5000.
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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We need more info.

How big (square footage) is your home?

What are they replacing; condenser? coil? furnace? humidifier? thermostat?

Are they relocating and reusing any equipment?

What kind of equipment are they proposing? single zone? multi-zone?
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Old 03-05-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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I just looked into the tax credit side - you get 30% tax credit, up to $1500 of credit. So, thats 30% of up to $5000 of spend. No upper income limit.

However - only some HVAC equipment qualifies - make sure you check the list, first.
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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I just looked into the tax credit side - you get 30% tax credit, up to $1500 of credit. So, thats 30% of up to $5000 of spend. No upper income limit.

However - only some HVAC equipment qualifies - make sure you check the list, first.
Actually its even better! Seems like our state has a energy star program going on right now where they'll pay up to $10,000 for the cost of a new home heating system, insultation, sealing and other energy improvements if you allow them to send a state auditor to your house. They do a blower door test and if they determine you can save at least 25% on your energy bills by making the recommended improvements, your set! If you add the other rebates in, the government pays up to $11,500 for the install!

I'm setting up my home energy audit next week. Forget the A/C. If they're going to pay for it, I'll do the whole system!
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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Actually its even better! Seems like our state has a energy star program going on right now where they'll pay up to $10,000 for the cost of a new home heating system, insultation, sealing and other energy improvements if you allow them to send a state auditor to your house. They do a blower door test and if they determine you can save at least 25% on your energy bills by making the recommended improvements, your set! If you add the other rebates in, the government pays up to $11,500 for the install!

I'm setting up my home energy audit next week. Forget the A/C. If they're going to pay for it, I'll do the whole system!
That's great, until the audit reveals that to meet the 25% you'll need to replace all your windows, blow in an extra foot of insulation in the attic, and seal all the leaky ductwork. Once you pay $25k to do all of that, the $11,500 rebate won't look so sweet.....
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