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Question DetailsAsked on 2/20/2013

Is $3,600 a reasonable price for a carrier ac unit on a 1,100 sq. ft. home installed

Is 3,600 dollars on a 1,100 sq. ft home with a carrier brand ac unit installed a good deal?

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It is not a matter of the $3,600.00 cost or the size of yourhouse. This is the issue reputable contractors struggle to get across tohomeowners. It is a matter of what are you getting for that quoted price? Letus look at two different contractors. If contractor "A" is quotingyou $3,600.00 but is sending out his subcontractor to do the work for him, theyare not in uniform, never attended an HVAC trade school--just gained basicknowledge by doing, have no certifications to backup their expertise, refuse topull permits where required and cannot guarantee the installation will meet orexceed local codes; carry no insurance or workers compensation and is notregistered with the state, I would be weary of using them. Additionally, Theywill not perform a cooling load analysis to properly size your newair-conditioning system, test-out the system after it's installed and make thenecessary system adjustments to increase its performance, or give you a descentperiod of time, in which he would warranty his workmanship, would you still usethem?

Contractor "B" is a well-established business in the area and isknown for doing good work but is a little pricier. They give you a cost of$4,200.00 for a new air-conditioned installation. However, you will get theadded benefit of knowing you have a 24 emergency hot-line if there's a problemwith your new system, their workers are covered by workers-comp, are licensedand insured to do work in your state; warranty their work for up to 5yrs, sizeyour equipment to meet the homes specific cooling needs by performing a coolingload analysis. Yet, their technicians are graduates of the local trade schooland are required to attend 20 hours of industry specific training per year.They always guarantee their customers that all required permits are pulled andthat every job meets code requirements. Lastly, they make it a point to adjustall equipment installed to operate at its most efficient state. Whom would youchoose?

Let us not kid ourselves, you, me and a whole host of other people like thebenefits of those professional companies that perform like contractor"B" but unfortunately we tend to go with the cheaper price justbecause it is cheaper. We need to remember the old adage, "You Get WhatYou Pay For!" I cannot speak to the cost that you were quoted. I wouldhighly recommend you research what you're getting for $3,600.00. Is it worth itto you to sacrifice certain benefits to attain a $3,600.00 installation? You mustalso keep in mind each contractors' overhead is different. It is not that oneis arbitrarily charging you more; it is that they have to in order to give youa high quality installation job. You can always talk to a reputable company tosee if they have something to fit your budget.

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Answered 7 years ago by Stans HVAC


Everything that Stan said above plus;

$3600 is reasonable , here in Florida for a 13 SEER system, both indoor and matcing outdoor system, 2 tons or less. However a higher SEER system, will pay you back the additional cost over time, and is electric rates go you , you'll save even more.

Check the EPA website or even ours,

In Florida it is also wise to consider a two stage compressor model to reduce the indoor humidity better than a single stage system.

That said the best, most efficient system could easily be $6500, or more.

Spend the time to choose the best system for you, as well as the best contractor. Look for NATE Certified techs and installers. consumer tab.


Answered 7 years ago by BayAreaAC

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