How Much Is It Going to Cost Me to Replace the AC System?

If you are using an air conditioning system, it is wise to know the cost of replacing it when needs arise. Because most people have been posing the question, “how much is it going to cost me to replace the AC system?” The Preferred Services team has decided to answer you with a breakdown of an entire Ac system’s replacement.

An Average AC Replacement Cost

The typical AC system replacement cost starts at about $360, with most repair prices going cheaply starting from $164 to about $558 in the United States as of 2020.

An AC System’s Freon Leak Replacement Cost

If your Air conditioning system has an issue with its Freon section, its replacement cost will run from $225 to $1600 depending on the amount of time professional replacers will take and the severity and location of the system’s leaking section. It is wise to know that replacing an AC system’s Freon section might take about eight or more hours, thus adding the cost of replacement and repair.

AC System’s Condenser Replacement Cost

If your AC system has a problem with its condenser, its replacement cost will also vary from other sections. The average replacement of an AC’s condenser starts from about $575 with the cheapest going at $ 150 to about $1000.

An AC System’s Condenser Coil Replacement Cost

Well, another stubborn problem we have heard from our clients about an AC system is issues with its Condenser coil. If you ever face this issue, realize that its replacement cost can go from about $ 1850 with others starting from $2800 to the most expensive ones going at about $3000.

An AC’s System Condenser Fan Motor Replacement Cost

When your AC system is having problems with its fan motor, replacing it can cost you an average amount of about $ 500 to $900. The other thing you should consider about replacing an AC’s fan motor is that you will probably have to replace its run capacitor, which goes at the cost of about $ 150 to $ 300.

AC Capacitor Replacement Cost

In case you want to replace the capacitor only and you are a DIY enthusiast, it can cost you from $135 to about $400, but if you are going to use the hands of professionals like experts from Preferred Services, you will need about $400.

An AC’s System Evaporator Coil Replacement Cost

Well, the other thing that most of our customers face with their AC systems is problems with their Evaporator coils. With our affordable services, an AC’s evaporator coil replacement will cost you from about $1650 to about $ 2700. If you are using a carrier AC evaporator, you will have to have about $400 to about $1300. If you are using an uncased AC evaporator, it will cost you somewhere from $200 to $1400, while those of you who use cased evaporators will cost them about $350 to about $1750.

An AC’s Expansion Valve Replacement Cost

If you have problems with the AC expansion valve, you will have to pay from $450, which is a relatively affordable price point from Preferred Services compared to other service givers.

AC’s TXV Valve Replacement Cost

Again, if your AC system faces problems with its TVX valve, replacing it will cost you about $362 with most replacement service givers charging from about $275 to $450 based on the time and severity of your AC’s condition.

AC’s Central Unit Replacement Cost

When you are looking to replace your AC’s central unit, make sure you carry about $330 for the best services from professional replacement service givers like Preferred Service team members.


How much is it going to cost me to replace the AC system? – Watch Our Video



Springtime is right around the corner, and then right around that corner, we know that the brutal desert heat is on its way. What’s going on, Coachella Valley? This is Rick Cubas, owner of Preferred Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing. In today’s Preferred pointers, we’re going to talk a little bit about a frequent question that comes up this time of year, and that is, “Rick, how much is it going to cost me to replace my air conditioning system?”

Well, it’s kind of a trick question because as you can see, there are several different components to your air conditioning system and it really just depends on the need of the customer. It’s kind of like going into a shoe store and asking, “How much is it for a pair of shoes?” Well, that’s kind of a tricky question as well, right? Like are you going out on the town? Is this for men? Is it for women? Are you trying to get the sneakers that you pump up so you can slam dunk better? I mean, lots of different options when it comes to purchasing shoes.

What are the components of An AC System?

     Well, the same goes for an air conditioning system. As you can see in here, the all familiar AC unit or what we would call the condenser unit, usually placed outside nine times out of 10. Sometimes it’s on the roof, but most of the time it’s outside on the ground. That condenser communicates with a cooling coil that’s attached to your furnace.

Yes. Did you know that your furnace is actually a very integral part of your air conditioning system? It’s actually what blows the air throughout your house. Without your furnace, you actually don’t have an air conditioning system. So you have the furnace, you have the cooling coil, and then you have your outdoor AC condenser unit.

Then on top of that, you have your indoor air filtration system. In this case, the Aprilaire filtration system that comes with every one of Preferred’s new installations. And then on top of that, again your furnace and your cooling coil.

How much is it going to cost me to replace the AC system?

     Now, this is typically inside a garage or in a closet, obviously like you see here going vertical. But just imagine this system on its side, horizontally, up above your ceiling in your attic. It’s the same system, it’s just in a different application.

Then on top of that, what you have is a safety float switch that’s installed on every one of Preferred’s installations, and that is a safety prevention device that’ll make sure that if anything happens to your condensate… And by the way, condensate is developed when you’re removing heat out of the air.

That’s what air conditioning does. We’re actually just removing the heat out of the air. When that happens, we have water that comes out of this pipe and down out into a planter or into your sewer system. Well, we installed this safety float switch, so if this ever backs up, it’ll shut the system off so it doesn’t keep producing condensation or water.

The last thing you want is this thing to overflow and go onto your furnace and damage your wiring inside your furnace or rotting out the base of your furnace or causing problems on your dry wall. Anyway, we know the damage that water can cause to your home and your personable valuables and property.

In any case, moving forward, you’ll see here on our installation on the liquid line side of the copper refrigerant lines, this is where the refrigerant is pumped from your outdoor AC condenser unit to the cooling coil. Well, before it goes into the cooling coil, we actually install what’s called the liquid line filter dryer.

How much is it going to cost me to replace the AC system?

This filter dryer will actually filter out any contaminants and moisture that may be inside the lines before it gets to your cooling coil which has a thermal expansion valve in there. The thermal expansion valve is actually like fuel injection in your car.

    It’s going to give your system the exact amount of refrigerant needed to remove the heat out of the air and to create the cooling and the comfort that you’re looking for. In any case, again, this filter dryer is actually installed with every Preferred installation to ensure a good install, but to also ensure a long life out of your cooling coil and your air conditioning system. Another component that’s installed on every Preferred Services installation is what’s called the safety disconnect box.

Safety is very important!

This safety disconnect box is there in order to cut power to the outdoor condenser. Now you might be wondering, why would we want to cut power to that outdoor condenser? Well, for a couple of reasons. Number one, so it’s serviceable. Anytime we come out there and we’re working on these air conditioning units, you want to make sure that there’s no power going to this unit for safety purposes. You have 220 volts going to this outdoor condenser, that is a life threatening situation.

      While we’re working on the unit, while we’re hosing it down, cleaning up the coils, that’s the reason why you would want to disconnect that power. And the way you do it is simple. You’re just going to open up this door right here.

These fuses are on the inside. You’re simply going to pop them out, put the pieces on top so you know that the unit has been disconnected, and then go ahead while you’re hosing down the concrete, water down that condenser at the same time. So while you’re outside hosing down the concrete or watering the plants, go ahead and hose down your outdoor AC condenser.

the number one killer of air conditioning systems is dirt.Remember, the number one killer of air conditioning systems is dirt. So the cleaner you keep this outdoor unit, the more efficient it’ll be, the quicker you’ll cool down your house, and the lower your electric bills will be. So go ahead, give it a whirl and hose down your air conditioning system as much as you can.

    If you don’t have a gravity drain such as this when the condensation is building up and it’s draining down the line and usually going out to a planter to the exterior of your home, we will actually install what’s called a condensation pump. That condensation pump right there will force the water through the PVC pipe and usually up into the attic and then out to the exterior of your home.

Making a perfect installation and installing components that will help protect your air conditioning heating system

As you can probably tell by now, it’s more than just replacing your furnace and air conditioning system. It’s really making a perfect installation and installing components that will help protect your air conditioning heating system so that it will last as long as humanly possible. One of those items that we install is what’s called a gas sediment trap.

Now, we have sediment that flows through our natural gas lines, and as that sediment travels through our gas lines, it could potentially destroy your gas control valve.

     Instead, we install one of these gas sediment traps to where that sediment just falls to the base of this cap here instead of going to your control valve. Again, just one of those ways that we can insure many, many years of good high efficiency function on your furnace. So now following along the same lines of being proactive and being preventative, is installing really good indoor air quality products on every new Preferred Services installation.

The Aprilaire Media Filter

The first one I want to talk about is what’s called the Aprilaire media filter. It’s installed right underneath your furnace there and it’s going to help protect your furnace and your cooling coil from what we know to be the number one killer of heating and air systems, and that is, dirt, dust, and debris.

Aprilaire media filter In conjunction with this unit, we like to install the preferred air purification system here. It’s UV technology that’s installed either in your cooling coil, if there’s room, depending on the size, or up in your plenum area.

     This is actually going to help your Aprilaire system become more effective because it’s going to clump more of the particulates together. You may also know the terminology as ionization. So we’re just going to clump more of the particles together to make this Aprilaire system more effective. What that means to you in a nutshell is, many, many more years of life out of your air conditioning system before you would ever have to replace it or repair it.

We’re also going to deal with some allergies and asthma issues. We’re going to breathe a little better while we’re in the home, we’re going to feel better. Some people have even said they sleep better. Let’s face it, if you’re breathing better, you’re typically sleeping better. Right? The other part to this, it’s going to deal with viruses, mold, bacteria and germs as well.

Peace of Mind      

There you have it, my friends. I know it’s a lot of information, but as you can see, there sure is quite a bit that it’s involved when installing a Preferred Services comfort system. Now on the side of all that, we’re still one of those companies that believes in old-fashioned service, right? So we’re going to do things by the book. You can trust us, you can believe in us and you can tell that we mean what we say and we say what we mean. And that’s by finalizing this whole package with pulling permits on every installation that we do. So we’re actually going to order what’s called a hearse test.

This is a third party company that will come out and hook up their gauges to our system to make sure the Freon levels are appropriate and that the air leakage is at a minimum. Then once we get that test in and it passes, we’ll actually pull the local permits with the local city. Inspector will come out and check out everything, make sure we did everything to code.

     Last but not least, what that’s going to do for you is give you the peace of mind that we installed the system appropriately, efficiently, and also to make sure that we uphold your insurance policies for your home. The last thing we want to do is install this system, something go wrong, manufacturer defect, whatever it is, and your insurance policy not cover it because it was not permitted. That would put you in a really, really bad situation.

So again, you’re dealing with a company that believes in old-fashioned type service, doing things by the book and making sure your family is safe and sound at all times. Now, at the end of the day, we’ve got to go back to the original question, that is, “Rick, how much is this going to cost me?” Well, I’m glad you asked because that’s what this video was about, right? But I had to educate you first to let you know everything that’s all inclusive.

How much is it going to cost me to replace the AC system?  

    If we’re talking about a partial system, like just the outdoor AC condenser and doing some of the ceiling work or air filtration or whatnot, you’re looking at about 30, $100 or on our easy payment plan, about $40 a month. Then on the side of that, if you’re looking at doing the whole system… and again, depending on the size, because there are different size air conditioners as well.

But you’re looking on the average about $7,800 or under $80 a month on the easy pay plan. Again, on the side of the different options of a partial system or a full system, you might also be interested in going with a higher efficiency system. Now the efficiencies are labeled as SEER ratings. That’s S-E-E-R, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings. Now the higher that number is, the lower your electric bill will be, and typically the better warranty you will have as well as having a quieter system.

     Remember, you want lower electric bills, if you want a better warranty, and you’re looking for a quieter system, you’re going to probably want to look at the higher efficiencies, typically 16 SEER and higher. Right now the minimum efficiency rating is a 14 SEER. So, folks, there you have it. I know we can keep talking about this all day long. There’s several different things that we can talk about when you call us. We’d love to hear from you. 760-863-0832. We’d love to come out and give you a free estimate on a new heating and air system and we can talk about all those different details and customize a system that’s perfect for you and your family. By the way, we will always have a system that fits in your budget as well. Until next time, my friends, thanks again for watching. We’ll see you soon!


To avoid any setbacks with your air conditioning unit, you need to keep it functioning optimally. By so doing, you will cut unnecessary repair costs and bills. Our Preferred Services team of trained professionals will work with you to ensure the high performance of the AC system unit with an inexpensive tune-up or Air Con system replacement.

So, if you are looking for an Indio AC Service to help you with all types of Air conditioning repairs, then Preferred Services air conditioning is the place to call.

Apart from having peace of mind when you are assured of everything working in order, our AC contractors leave your home in a better state.