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Question DetailsAsked on 8/12/2017

replace duct work in 1400 sq. ft. home orlando fl

2 bedroom 2 bath Williamsburg area.

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I would get several quotes from local well-rated Heating and A/C firms (your Search the List category for members to find well-rated and reviewed ones), because your specific layout and how much drywall needs to be torn into to run them makes a significant difference in cost/ And of course flexible versus rigid metal ducting costs are significantly different - generally probably 50% at least to sometimes as much as 100-200% more for metal, though personally I would recommend them if at all feasible, both for durability and for fire safety purposes (fire burns through into the flexible plastic ducting VERY quickly).

Assuming you have true ducts (not panned joists), commonly for that size house from about $1000-2500 duct replacement cost depending on whether you use flexible or metal, and whether most of your ducting is exposed in bare-joist basement or accessible crawl space. Depending on the amount of drywall that has to be removed to replace the ducting, can run additional $500-1500 commonly for drywall/painter or handyman services for drywall repair and repainting - obviously toward the higher end for drywalled surfaces and 2-story houses, usually nearer lower end for single story with accessible basement with drywalled ceiling.

One note - while I said I prefer rigid metal ducting, if your house currently has flexible ducting, it can be more expensive (sometimes quite a bit more so) to retrofit rigid because it commonly means moving/relocating joist blocking and electrical/plumbing which the flexible duct curved around or was improperly smushed (a technical HVAC term there) around but the rigid metal duct cannot get past without relocation.

Here are links to a couple of realated questions which might be of interest as well:

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