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How Much Does an HVAC System Cost?

It’s not always a black-and-white answer when it comes to finding out how much an HVAC system costs. The price tag typically varies depending on the type of system you select. HVAC systems have advanced a lot over the past 10-15 years, meaning that there’s a lot to choose from with variable pricing.

Condenser Only – This is the replacement for the outside unit only. This type of installation is done if there is a major malfunction and the system is under ten years old. In this case, it may make sense to replace the condenser. The condenser will need to be matched to the coil to operate as designed. The cost for a condenser only is $3,500-$5,500 installed. Unit size and location are the price factors. The reasons for selecting this solution are reliability, longevity, and higher efficiency.

Condenser and Coil – This is the outside unit and the inside evaporator coil. This type of installation is done when there is a major malfunction and the condenser can not be matched to the coil. This is recommended when the system’s refrigerant is expired. The cost for a condenser and coil replacement is $6,800-$9,700 installed and charged. Unit size, refrigerant, and location are the price factors. The reasons for selecting this solution are reliability, longevity, and efficiency. 

Basic 14 SEER Full-System Replacement – This is the replacement of the furnace, coil, condenser, and controls. This type of installation is done when the system has failed and is over 15 years old. Selecting a basic system’s cost is like selecting the cost of a base model car. The cost for a basic generic system is $9,000-$13,000 when matched, inspected, and tested. Unit size and location are the price factors. Typical reasons for selecting this solution include costs, such as if it is a rental property or if the homeowner is selling the home.

Full-System Traditional Gas Electric – 16 SEER or higher This is a replacement of the furnace, coil, condenser, controls, registers or vents, and ductwork. This type of installation is done when the system has reached its life expectancy, and the customer wants a more efficient system (lower electric bills). Rebates are usually offered with this installation. This is like buying a smart car in cost; the cost for an efficient traditional system is $12,000-$16,000 when matched, inspected, and tested. The brand and size are the price factors. The reasons for selecting this solution are efficiency, reliability, longevity, and brand warranties.

Full System High-Efficiency Variable Speed Heat Pump – This is the replacement of the complete system, including the outside unit heat pump, inside unit air handler, controls, registers or vents, and ductwork which may include zoning. This type of installation is done when the current system has reached its life expectancy or if the system is nonoperational, or if the customer wants a system that will be relevant in the future (increasing home resale value). Many rebates are offered with this installation. The monthly savings are similar to the monthly expenses if the project is financed. Selecting a highly-efficient system is like buying a luxury car.

The cost for a highly-efficient modern system is $15,000-$27,000 with brand-name equipment matched, inspected, and tested. The size, location, and rating are the price factors. Reasons for selecting this system are future relevance, reliability, lower monthly operating costs, system warranty, and greatly improved comfort.

Magnolia customers experience complete satisfaction when they decide to replace their HVAC system and choose us. Magnolia wins awards for delivering custom installations; we take steps to ensure the greatest level of performance from every system and do all the required steps mandated by the local city and state. The systems installed by us perform above factory specifications. Our many satisfied customers testify to monthly savings of up to 30%-50% on energy bills. Since the goal of the State of California is to have nearly zero carbon emissions by the year 2050, upgrading to a highly-efficient heat pump is the recommended course of action for Cali homeowners! 

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