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The Average Cost of Repairing a Central Air Unit

Are you in need of central air repair? With central AC units often costing thousands of dollars, the prospect of a repair can be concerning. However, how expensive your repair will be is dependent on the problem. Here's everything you need to know.


Repairing a Central Air Unit

A central air unit that isn't working doesn't necessarily have to be replaced. If your central air unit is still reasonably new, it could just need a repair. Repairs can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on the severity of the damage.


Something simple, like needing a refrigerant recharge, may only be a few hundred dollars. Needing to be defrosted or cleaned could be even less than that.

However, if your central air unit is more than 15 to 20 years old, it's much more likely that it's going to have to be replaced. The costs of replacing a unit can be significant, but there are financing options available.


Replacing a Central Air Unit

Installing and replacing a central air unit is going to cost significantly more. On average, the installation of an air conditioning unit ranges from $4,000 to $8,000, but the cost of the unit itself can range from $2,000 to $4,000.


Most homeowners won't replace just the central AC but also the furnace, which can increase the price (but improve the efficiency of the set). The cost of this replacement depends on the necessary size of the unit, as well as the brand.

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