HVAC Replacement: A Complete Guide on Cost

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HVAC systems are handy appliances to have around the home as they deal with both heating and cooling the space. HVAC stands for heating, ventilating, and cooling system, which enables it to have multiple functions unlike a regular air conditioner.

Replacing an HVAC system is never cheap, and HVAC installation costs can push the price higher. Before you make that purchase, however, it is important to know when to replace an HVAC, and how much an HVAC replacement costs.

Diagnosing a Faulty HVAC System

#1 HVAC System Breaks Down Often

When the HVAC system keeps breaking down to the point where you're spending more to fix it rather than replace it, then you may be better off with installing a new HVAC system. HVAC systems have various moving components that break down over time, some of which may not longer function properly even after repairs.

#2 HVAC System is Surging Energy Bills

HVAC systems generally consume large amounts of electricity, especially if your HVAC unit has a built-in electric furnace for winter. Still, the energy consumption of an HVAC unit should be stagnant with regular use, which is why a sudden spike in your energy bills may indicate a problem with the unit.

Your HVAC unit may have one or two components that are on the verge of failing, or your entire HVAC system may be breaking down. Have a professional technician inspect your unit, and determine whether the problem can be fixed, or if it's time to get a replacement HVAC.

#3 HVAC System has Faulty Parts

There are select parts in an HVAC unit that can be easily repaired or replaced once they break down, such as the air filter, the fan motor, and other components. However, some components, like the air conditioner compressor located in the outdoor condenser unit, are too costly to replace, and it may be more cost-efficient to purchase a new HVAC system instead.

How to Replace or Upgrade Your HVAC System

Step 1: Determine Whether the HVAC System Can Be Fixed

Check whether you need to replace your existing system at all, or simply have it repaired. Repairs can prolong the useful life of your unit, particularly if it was not properly maintained prior to breaking down. Work with an HVAC technician on the repairs of your unit.

Step 2: Scout for a New HVAC System

If you've determined that the HVAC system is in need of a replacement, then start scouting for a new model. If you're unsure of the kind of system you prefer for your home, contact us at Luce Aircon, and our technicians will be able to assist you in buying the right kind of HVAC unit suitable for your space requirements, budget, and cost-efficiency.

Step 3: Purchase and Install HVAC System

Purchase your heating and cooling system, and have a professional install the unit for you. There are portable HVAC units that do not need installations, and work similarly to space heaters or a portable AC unit. Most types will still need professional installations with an HVAC contractor, such as the case with ducted units, and geothermal heat pump systems.

Step 4: Schedule Maintenance and Upkeep

Once the HVAC installation is finished, schedule a maintenance and upkeep routine with your HVAC technician to make sure that your unit stays durable and functional for decades to come. Models like the geothermal heat pump system require little to no maintenance, but it is advisable to know how to properly maintain these fixtures.

HVAC Replacement Cost

How much does a new HVAC system cost? The total cost to install a new system in your home boils down to the HVAC unit replacement cost, and the labor cost to install the system. HVAC units differ in price depending on the cooling capacity (in British Thermal Units or BTU), where the higher the cooling capacity, the higher the price.

Different models will also vary in costs, with the geothermal heat pump being the most expensive HVAC system to install in your home as it requires a complicated network, and land area. HVAC system costs may also vary depending on the functions included in the unit, such as an air conditioning function, heat pump capacity, and more.

Here's the breakdown of the average cost to install an HVAC unit:

  • HVAC System Cost: $5,000 to $12,000 on Average
  • Labor Cost: $500 to $2,500 on Average
  • Ductwork Installation Costs (for Central Air Conditioner): $1,900 to $6,000 on Average
  • Tune-up: $75 to $200 on Average

Where to Buy a Replacement HVAC System

#1 Official Stores

Official stores of your preferred brand would carry various models of their products, and can show you the pros and cons of each model. They also provide warranties on the units, and some may offer free installation as well.

#2 Aircon Repair Stores

Ideally, you would want to purchase air conditioning units directly from the official brand, but it may be challenging to reach official stores if you're unfamiliar with the industry. Many retailers and distributors also add a high markup on the products, upping the HVAC installation cost.

Purchasing through aircon repair stores gives you a wide catalog of HVAC system models, and many package the price of the unit with installation for a better bargain. You can have your unit professionally installed as well, and get unbiased reviews of different models, brands, and types of heating and cooling systems.

Contact us at Luce Aircon for purchasing, maintenance, and repair needs for all heating or cooling system units across Singapore! 

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