Air Conditioner Replacement: A Complete Guide on Cost

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Air conditioners are now staple appliances around the household, with the majority of Singaporean homes having at least one air conditioning unit. Air conditioners come in different types and styles, like window-type units, central AC unit, ductless mini split system AC, and more.

Air conditioners are made to last for years to decades with proper maintenance. However, there are moments when it is necessary to replace or upgrade an air conditioner. When the AC unit breaks down, or it's time to upgrade, here's what you need to know:

Diagnosing a Faulty Air Conditioning Unit

#1 Air Conditioning Unit Keeps Breaking

Air conditioner repairs are common with older units as well as improperly maintained units. There are several aircon repair shops that have experience in fixing up common problems with HVAC systems, and modern types of air conditioners are typically low maintenance.

However, if your HVAC system keeps breaking down frequently, and is costing you repair fees, then it may be time to scout for a unit replacement for a more convenient cooling comfort, and cost-effective operations.

If your air conditioner keeps breaking down, it means that repairs are only prolonging the functionality of your AC system that is already on the verge of completely failing. Before your unit becomes unusable, it is advisable to start scouting for a replacement that you can install in your home to have options on hand.

#2 Air Conditioner Compressor is Faulty

The compressor is the heart of any air conditioning unit, whether you have a central air conditioner, or a portable cooling system. You can opt to replace the compressor once it breaks, but the cost to replace a compressor is often similar to the cost to install a new air conditioning system. You may be better off replacing the unit entirely instead!

#3 Air Conditioner Causes Spikes in Energy Bills

Have you noticed a spike in your electric bill recently? It may be due to a failing air conditioning system that is causing a surge in your energy costs. This typically happens when the air conditioning unit is overworking itself, or its components are breaking down, and can no longer function properly.

It may be more cost-effective in the long run to upgrade your unit to a modern, energy-saving model. Our technicians at Luce Aircon can help you find the right type of air conditioning unit for your home, and with our purchase assistance, finding an HVAC system has never been easier!

How to Replace or Upgrade Your Air Conditioner

Step 1: Determine the Cause for AC Replacement

You may be looking to replace a faulty AC unit, or you may simply want to upgrade to a more cost-efficient, and modern style of AC system. If you're looking to replace a faulty unit, you can look into similar options to install in your existing HVAC system, and save on the installation costs.

Step 2: Discuss Your Budget, and Preferred AC Type, Model, or Brand

Stick with a budget when it comes to purchasing an HVAC system. There are various models, brands, and types of AC units to choose from, so it is advisable to do some research to find a suitable one for your home.

Can't determine appropriate types? Ask our technicians at Luce Aircon for purchasing assistance, and we'll match you with some air conditioning options that suit your budget, the area of your home, and your personal preferences.

Step 3: Scout for AC Units

Scout for AC units. If you're looking to install a central air conditioner, it is best to work with an aircon service company to calculate the cost to install the central AC unit as well. Most air conditioning service companies have catalogs of the latest models for you to choose from, and can give you an accurate quotation of the total cost to install the AC unit.

Step 4: Purchase the AC Unit, and Install

Purchase the air conditioner, and install the unit. Some types of air conditioning units, like portable and window types, can be installed without the assistance of an HVAC technician. However, more complex units, like ductless mini split system AC models, and central AC units, will need professional installations.

Step 5: Work with an HVAC Technician for a Maintenance Schedule

Finally, once you have your air conditioner up and running, you may want to look into creating a maintenance schedule to upkeep your unit. Air conditioning systems require general cleaning and maintenance every 4-6 months, depending on the frequency of use, and level of pollutants in your area.

You will also need to clean the filter once every two weeks for the best performance of your new AC unit. This will help prevent dust from getting into your air conditioner, and will help purify the air in the room as well.

Air Conditioner Replacement Cost

The cost to replace an air conditioner varies depending on the AC unit cost. Central air conditioning systems generally cost more than portable or window-type units, and labor cost for HVAC installation tends to drive up the price further.

Here are the average labor costs for air conditioner installation:

  • Window AC Unit: $150 to $500; or DIY
  • Portable Unit: $100 and up; or DIY
  • Central Air Conditioner Unit: $5,651 on average
  • Ductless Mini Split: $2,000 and up
  • General AC Installation Costs: $168 to $619 for simple installation

Where to Buy a Replacement Air Conditioning Unit

The best place to purchase an aircon is direct from the manufacturer, as most brands offer considerable warranties on their appliances. Purchasing direct from the manufacturer can be challenging if you don't know where to look, which is why our team at Luce Aircon offers purchasing services to make the process easier!

Looking for a new aircon? Contact us at Luce Aircon to find the one that's right for your home.

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