How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Heating & Cooling System?

Most HVAC systems are built to last for many years, but there will come a time when your entire system needs to be replaced. The cost to replace a heating and cooling system is affected by several factors, but ComfortUp is here to inform our customers about the expenses of HVAC system replacement. Read below to learn more! 

What Is a Ductless System?

A ductless mini split system consists of one outdoor condenser or compressor connected to one or more indoor air conditioners by copper wires and pipes. As their name implies, mini splits do not require the extensive ductwork of central HVAC systems. This makes their installation and replacement costs significantly lower because installing ducts is expensive and time-consuming. Ductwork installation can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $7,600 while its replacement can range from $1,200 to $4,200, depending on your home’s size.

According to Energy Star, you should replace your heat pump or air conditioner every 10 years, but this number may vary depending on factors such as make, model, and maintenance over its life. Regular professional maintenance and simple care by the homeowner can extend your HVAC’s system lifespan by several years. Frequent repairs, higher energy costs, and temperature or humidity imbalances in your home are some of the many signs that your HVAC system needs to be replaced. Your system may also be louder than usual during operation.

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Ductless Mini Split System Cost Factors

Certain factors impact the costs of replacing an HVAC system, such as size. Ductless mini splits are available in single- and multi-zone systems. A single-zone system features one outdoor unit connected to one indoor unit, while a multi-zone system features one outdoor unit and multiple indoor units. Some multi-zone systems can have up to eight indoor air conditioners connected to the same condenser. Your system replacement cost will depend on the number of indoor units, as more air conditioners mean a higher installation cost.

Costs also vary across mini split brands. ComfortUp carries Panasonic, LG, Boreal, Mitsubishi, and GREE mini-splits, and each brand offers many different makes and models with different features, components, and ratings. These factors, among many others, create a wide range of initial price points. For example, units with higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings cost more because they are highly efficient.

There are also units designed for rooms of different sizes with different British Thermal Units (BTU). This refers to their cooling capacity, and “larger” mini-splits with higher cooling capacities will likely be more expensive than “smaller” systems. Some systems will also require the purchase of additional components and accessories such as filters and line sets that may slightly increase replacement costs.

You must also factor in professional installation costs. While mini splits can be installed by homeowners, this is not recommended. Not only does it decrease your system’s efficiency and operating capabilities, but many warranties are invalid if the system was not professionally installed.

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Benefits of Replacing Your HVAC System

There are several clear benefits of replacing your old HVAC system. A new HVAC system will operate much more efficiently, which leads to lower energy costs and a reduced environmental impact. It will also make your home or business feel much more comfortable. Additionally, newer models may come with amenities and features such as smart technologies and temperature cycling that were not offered by your old system.

What are you waiting for? Replace your HVAC system today with a ductless mini-split from ComfortUp! We have a variety of different systems available, so we can certainly find something to meet your needs. Our trained product specialists can answer general questions about mini splits and specific questions about budgeting or costs for your situation. Give us a call at 1-855-337-0001 or contact us online today!

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