Is replacing my central air conditioner a value add for my property before selling? Yes, depending on the location of your home, the condition, and several other factors adding a new air conditioner will add value to your home. The average increase in value is 10%; if you plan to sell immediately after installing the new system, you may want to discuss the cost of adding an air conditioning system versus selling immediately afterward. Sometimes it makes sense to sell without the new system because of various factors. But if the system is very old or damaged, you may want to consider a seller’s concession if requested.
An option would be to have your local HVAC company come out and provide a price estimate so you can evaluate the numbers if a buyer suggests a concession. A knowledgeable realtor can be an asset when it comes to questions and decisions about added value.
The average three-ton to five-ton air conditioning system can cost between six thousand to twelve thousand dollars. Ask your local HVAC company about financing if needed. Many airconditioning systems installed on homes constructed up to 2010 have R-22 refrigerant, which is removed from use today, so these systems will have to be changed. New refrigerants like R-410A are used in newer air conditioning systems today.
Another consideration is whether to change your air conditioning ducts. Ducts last approximately fifteen years. If you change the airconditioning systems, sometimes changing the ducts makes financial sense. That cost depends on the linear feet. The average price from fifteen hundred to two thousand square feet home averages $1,500 – $3000. For a home, two thousand to 3500 square feet averages $2500 to $5000.
Airconditioning is one of the vital home necessities that is not considered as much in home purchases and sales. However, other AC equipment increases the air quality in a house and adds value to your home’s air conditioning system that may be something you want to consider when looking to purchase or sell your home.