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How Much Does it Cost to Install a 3 1/2 Ton Air Conditioner in a Home?

You would think that this would be a straight forward question. How much does a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner cost? This is not a straight forward question and I will explain to why a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner is not always a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner. There are a variety of options and code provisions that can either complicate or simplify a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning system installation and the cost of a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning system.

The Average 3 1/2 Ton Air Conditioner is Oversized

Performing a load calculation on your home will reveal the proper size of air conditioner hat is required to heat it. We typically see that the average air conditioner is ½ to 1 Ton too big for the home and it isn't cooling the home properly.
Do You Want to Pay for a 3 1/2 Ton Air Conditioner, or would you rather save and get something more comfortable?
Most of the air conditioning industry is stuck on selling boxes that heat and boxes that cool and the way to upgrade that 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner is install a new one that has a higher SEER and EER rating. The average air conditioning system here in Southern California is performing at about 67% capacity. That means that the biggest residential air conditioner, a 5 Ton system, is actually only delivering 3.5 Tons of air conditioning to the home.

In Order to Give You a Price on a 3 1/2 Ton Air Conditioning Change-Out We Need to Look at a Few Things

Here is a list of the things that will affect the price of a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning system:

  • Is the thermostat a setback thermostat?

  • Is the line set the right size and length?

  • Is the air ducting in good shape?

  • Is the system R22 or R410a?

  • Are you replacing the evaporator coil?

  • Are you replacing the furnace?

  • Is it horizontal, up flow or counter flow?

  • Do you have the required clearances?

  • Is the electrical correct?

  • What kind of filtration is air required? Needed?

  • Are you the one pulling the permits?

Every new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner is required to have a setback thermostat

The Uniform Mechanical Code requires that all replacement air conditioning system be outfitted with an energy saving setback thermostat. The average savings from the use of a setback thermostat on a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner is about 10% of the total air conditioning portion of the electrical bill. That is pretty significant for just a thermostat change out. Types of thermostats vary radically and so do the prices. You can now even get a thermostat that you can phone from an app on your smart phone. I think you can see that a new thermostat is going to moderately affect the price of a new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner.

Is the line set the right size and length for a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner?

A line set that is too long or too small or has too many elbows in it will reduce the capacity of your 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner and can even starve the compressor for Freon. The line set must be sized correctly for the load in which it operates. A 3 1/2 Ton system requires a certain 3 1/2 Ton line set. Changing out the line set is going to affect the purchase price of a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning system.

Is the air ducting in good shape?

No matter what efficiency your new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner is or what price you paid, it will not perform well if the ducting is gaining a lot of heat from the attic or dumping the cooled air into the attic from leaks at the joints and punctures in the outer wall. Most systems require at least a little bit of ductwork remediation to make that 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner perform like a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner. The price for a 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner can increase as more and more items like ductwork are added, but fixing these items will result in higher quality air, a more comfortable indoor air environment and your 3 1/2 Ton A/C will last longer because it will not run as often and it will stay cleaner.

Is the system R22 or R410a (Puron)?

A 3 1/2 Ton R22 system no longer exists, but replacing just the evaporator coil or just the condensing unit can still occur. If you are changing the existing 3 1/2 Ton R410a or Puron system out with a new R410a or Puron system it is less costly than switching a R22 system over to R410a or Puron. The majority of the time when changing from a 3 1/2 Ton R22 air conditioner to an R410a or Puron air conditioner the line set should be changed out. If the line set cannot be changed out due to location or price the line set must be cleaned out with a special chemical compound to remove the mineral oil clinging to the inside of the piping. This oil is not compatible with the new oils in R410a and Puron and will cause durability problems and loss of life in the new system. The type of Freon used affects the price of a new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner.

Are you replacing the evaporator coil?

All new 3 1/2 Ton residential split systems require a thermostatic expansion valve on the indoor evaporator coil to regulate the flow of Freon through the system. The thermostatic expansion valve is by far a better and more efficient method to regulate the flow of Freon than the old fixed orifice design that was present on 10 SEER air conditioning systems. Failure to install a thermostatic expansion valve on the new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning system will void the manufacturer's warranty. If a new 13 SEER air conditioner is installed on a 10 SEER evaporator coil there will be approximately a 40% drop in efficiency and BTU output. Installing a new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner correctly the first will cost more money, but it will perform properly, cost less to operate, run fewer hours and last longer than 3 1/2 Ton change out only.

Are you replacing the furnace?

It is not usually necessary to replace the furnace to achieve the standard efficiency of 13 SEER. If you are looking for higher SEER ratings than 13 SEER for your new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner the furnace will need to be upgraded to a variable speed.
Is the system horizontal, up flow or counter flow?

There is no steadfast rule on the cost of a 3 1/2 Ton horizontal air conditioning system installation versus a new 3 1/2 Ton up flow air conditioning installation or a counter flow. Most horizontal 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning replacements require more work to install and therefore will be slight more costly to install than a 3 1/2 Ton up flow air conditioning system.

Do you have the required clearances?

You must have the minimum amount of clearances for safety and servicing as stated by the manufacturer, the National Electric Code, the Uniform Mechanical Code and your local building department. Obtaining the proper clearances can lead to unexpected price increases for your 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner installation. Obtaining a written in person estimate before committing to buy an air conditioner can minimize these surprises.

Is the Electrical up to code?

There are about 80,000 fires in the United each year and nearly all of them are from electrical short circuits, over loaded wires, under sized wires and poor electrical maintenance. The wiring to the new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioner must be sized correctly for that air conditioning system or it cannot be installed. The fuses must be the correct type and size. The attic, for attic installation, must have a light and be accessible for turning on and on from the crawl access hole. Pull chain light fixtures are no longer approved.

What kind of Air Filtration is needed or wanted?

Now is time to discuss the idea of adding air purification into your home. When the new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning system is installed the system is comes together one piece at a time. Adding air purification at his time is by far the most effective time to add it. This air filtration add on will also affect the type, size an style of blower motor and blower assembly the furnace should be equipped with. Installing the air purification at the time of the air conditioning installation will save a substantial amount of money and lower the overall air conditioning price.

City, County and State Permits are a requirement

Failing to obtain the proper permits now, at the time of the 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning installation, can stop the sale of your home later and increase your costs significantly. Your contractor should be the one obtaining the permits and making sure that the system passes those inspections.

Phone Quotes for 3 1/2 Ton Air Conditioning Prices

After reading the above I sure hope that you understand that anyone giving you a quote for a new 3 1/2 Ton air conditioning system over the phone is merely laying down the starting price for a new system. Once they get to your home they will add in everything that is needed to install a new system properly. It is not uncommon for those low price loss leader ads that you can read for bargain basement air conditioning to be as much as three times or more the price stating in the ad.

Internet Purchases Beware

Buying an air conditioner online is now possible. Unfortunately this means that you have to obtain a qualified licensed individual to install the air conditioning system. If you do not, the entire warranty is voided by every manufacturer without exception. Many manufacturers are now point blank denying any warranty from any online purchase. Every manufacturer now voids the performance warranty on the R22 dry units installed on 10 SEER (pre 2007 units) evaporator coils. A typical 5 Ton 13 SEER dry R22 unit installed on a 10 SEER evaporator coil actually only performs at approximately 3 ½ Tons.

 

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