How Much Does A New Central Air Conditioner Cost?

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Temperatures are already climbing to over 100°F here in Chickasha and Duncan, Oklahoma, and that means we’re in for a long and hot summer. Are you considering central air conditioner replacement as the heat arrives?

We often hear from local homeowners who are wondering how much a new central air conditioner will cost. As HVAC specialists, we’re here to help you understand the many factors that affect the cost of a new air conditioner — and what you might expect to pay for a new AC unit for your home.


Air conditioner replacement is much more than simply going with a brand and a price and “plugging in” the new AC unit. First, the best AC unit for one home might not be the best one for another home. There are a variety of options to consider, and it’s important to take the time to select a unit that best suits your home and needs. Second, installation itself is a detailed process — one that requires the expertise of a seasoned HVAC professional.

With that in mind, here are a few key factors that affect the cost of a new air conditioner:


The most obvious factor that affects new AC unit cost is brand. An air conditioner from a higher-tier brand is, of course, going to cost you more than an air conditioner from a lower-tier brand. We install air conditioners by Lennox because they are not only reliable and energy efficient but also affordable.


Air conditioners come in a wide range of sizes to suit homes of varying square footage. The larger your home, the more you can expect to pay for a new home. Remember — selecting a properly sized AC unit is essential. If your air conditioner is oversized, it will short cycle. If it’s undersized, it will constantly run without ever cooling your home.


As you might imagine, a more efficient air conditioner comes with a higher upfront cost. However, a high efficiency air conditioner is going to save you money in the long run in the form of energy savings and lower utility bills.


A new air conditioner deserves top quality installation. Unfortunately, some HVAC contractors are willing to skimp on the quality of the installation in order to offer a lower price. This approach only costs you more in the long run, due to lower AC efficiency, higher utility bills, and more frequent repairs. As you compare HVAC contractors, make sure yours will provide a top-notch installation.


Want to know exactly how much a new air conditioner will cost you? Get a free estimate from the air conditioning experts at DeHart. We’ll provide you with a detailed estimate that outlines several options — so you can make the right decision for your home, needs, and budget.