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How Much Does It Cost to Replace an Air Conditioner?

When living in Phoenix, where temperatures can soar above 100 degrees for days on end during the summer, you need reliable air conditioning. If your current unit is getting up there in age, keeps breaking down on you, or just isn’t cooling your home very efficiently, it may be time for a replacement.

This naturally leads to the critical question: “How much does it cost to replace an air conditioner?” Generally, the cost ranges from $7,000 to $25,000, with the average homeowner in Phoenix spending about $15,000. This depends on several key factors. So, to fully understand your air conditioner replacement cost, in this article, we’ll review each cost factor in greater detail:

  • Size and capacity
  • Energy efficiency rating
  • Add-on features

We’ll also look at the benefits of upgrading your AC and how to extend your AC’s lifespan with routine maintenance. A quality air conditioner should last 15-20 years, but only if you take good care of it. Keep reading to learn more about AC replacement costs and how to maximize your new investment. 


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Size and Capacity

Because Phoenix often experiences scorching summer temperatures, ensuring your AC system is big enough to cool your entire house is essential. The larger the home, the more cooling capacity is needed, which often means a larger, more powerful AC unit (or even multiple units), which will be more costly than a smaller AC system. Moreover, installation costs may increase because larger homes may require additional ductwork or more complex system configurations to ensure efficient cooling throughout the space.

That said, what matters most is getting the right-sized AC system for your home. If your AC unit is too small, it will have to work much harder and longer to cool down the house, leading to higher energy bills. On the other hand, a unit that’s too large will short-cycle (meaning, turn on and off frequently), which can shorten its lifespan and decrease its efficiency. Getting a professional to help you choose the right size can ensure your air conditioner is effective and cost-efficient over time.

Energy Efficiency Rating

Air conditioner efficiency is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently your AC will operate. While air conditioners with high SEER ratings usually cost more upfront, they can save you money on your electricity bills long-term because they use less power to cool your home.

In a place like Phoenix, where air conditioners run for many hours a day, choosing a more efficient air conditioner can really pay off. Although you might spend more initially, the amount you’ll save on energy bills over time can compensate for this initial cost. Plus, more efficient air conditioners often run smoother and might last longer since they don’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool. Some energy-efficient models might even qualify for special rebates or tax credits, giving you another way to save money.

Add-On Features

Although they come with an added cost, programmable thermostats are a popular addition to AC replacements that can significantly increase energy efficiency. These devices allow you to set temperatures for different times of the day automatically– often from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet. You can also set the thermostat to adjust the temperature when you’re away from home or at night, helping you save on energy costs. Some thermostats even provide automated HVAC alerts and air filter replacement reminders, helping you avoid potential (and costly!) breakdowns.

Additionally, you may consider adding a whole-home humidifier to help combat Phoenix’s dry air. At Champion Air, we offer state-of-the-art Lennox humidifier systems integrated directly into your HVAC system. Harnessing built-in sensors, your humidifier will ensure consistent moisture distribution throughout your home. Although it comes at an added cost, many homeowners find the benefits worth it. Not only will you enjoy healthier skin and improved sleep quality, but you can also reap energy savings. During winter, humidified air feels warmer, which means you can lower your thermostat settings.

Benefits of Upgrading Your Air Conditioner

A new AC unit provides better cooling comfort and reduces your energy bills because it uses less power– a win-win! Plus, it means fewer repairs, better reliability during extreme heat, and the peace of mind of a brand-new warranty. Better still, newer systems run more quietly, and they come with advanced air filtration features, which is especially helpful in Phoenix’s dusty climate. Lastly, upgrading can increase the value of your home and ensure you’re compliant with any new environmental regulations that favor more eco-friendly refrigerants. Simply put, if your AC is nearing the end of its lifespan, investing in a replacement is a wise decision.

Extending Your AC’s Lifespan with Maintenance

In Phoenix’s extreme heat, AC units have to work harder and longer to maintain a comfortable indoor environment, which can accelerate wear and tear. For this reason, routine maintenance is critical.

Typical maintenance involves cleaning filters, checking refrigerant levels, and ensuring all components function efficiently. This helps prevent unexpected breakdowns and keeps the system running at peak efficiency, which can significantly reduce the likelihood of major component failures. Moreover, in a desert climate like Phoenix’s, dust and debris can quickly accumulate in the system, potentially clogging filters and reducing efficiency. Regular checks and cleaning can mitigate these issues, ensuring the AC unit remains effective and energy-efficient for years. 


Ready to enjoy a cooler home and save on your energy bills? Call Champion Air to schedule your FREE AC replacement estimate.

Don’t let another scorching Phoenix day pass without optimal air conditioning. Call Champion Air and experience the comfort of a new AC system with our hassle-free AC installations. We’ve been in business since 1982, so we know how to provide unbeatable, 5-star service. Whether it’s an unexpected AC failure or you’re upgrading for efficiency, Champion Air has you covered. Contact us and schedule your FREE estimate today.

Concerned about cost? Visit our coupons, financing, and rebates pages and learn more about ways to save. 

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