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How Much Does An AC Installation Cost?


If you are thinking about getting a new air conditioner, you may be also looking for a ballpark figure of how much it will cost you. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to pinpoint an exact one-size-fits-all figure for the cost of an AC installation, because it depends on so many variables – such as the quality of the unit you choose, the size of your home, if you need additional ductwork installed, the technician’s basic installation rates, and difficulty of the install. 

According to – a website that lets you find home improvement pros, compare, and read reviews from homeowners from around your area – most homeowners reported spending between $3,695 and $7,150. However, some spent as low as $1,888 and high as $10,000. 

To really understand what an AC installation will cost, you need to get an estimate from a few local professionals. Finding a quality contractor to do the install will ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck. Did you know that if you buy a high-efficiency AC but don’t get a matched system, a certified match of the outdoor unit and indoor coil, you are basically throwing money and that efficiency down the drain? A good contractor would! Did you know that you may need to modify your ductwork if you get a different AC? Again, a good contractor will and there are various ways to find one!

How To Determine A Quality Contractor

Keith Hill, manager of technical support at Minnesota Air (and our in-house expert), says that he recommends always finding a contractor that is committed to his or her business, meaning one with a “brick and mortar” location that has been around for a few years. “You know they are well invested and are not likely to close up shop right after they install your new system,” he says.

Next, make sure you check to make sure they have all the proper certifications and a higher level of expertise. “Look for NATE certified or certified by a major manufacturer,” says Keith, “or better yet – both certifications.” 

You should also make sure to get referrals from other customers who’ve used them. You can find reviews online at places like or, but many contractors will also have a few past customers who could be used as a referral. “It’s always good to hear what their existing customers have to say,” says Keith.

Lastly, make sure you ask lots of questions. What is the warranty on their work and parts? What can you do if you are unhappy with the work or equipment? How do they deal with issues as they arrive? Are there written policies in place if the worst should happen?

“A new HVAC system is a big investment so make sure they answer all of your questions to your satisfaction before you make your decision,” Keith says.

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