Advice, reviews, recommendations and prices for the things you need to buy.
2
replies
6
links

"I want an estimate to install a central air conditioning system"

My house is a 1,850 square foot, California Bungalow and doesn't currently have central A/C (we use window units).

wanted by: rosie (10) in Roseville, CA 95747 +
updated on: March 5, 2012, 4:26 p.m. (5 years, 4 months ago)
posted on: Jan. 28, 2011, 12:49 a.m. (6 years, 5 months ago)
tags: cooling home improvement hvac interior
I'm sorry, but you must be logged in to submit comments.
2 User Replies

My Central Air Installation Advice

Unfortunately, buying and installing a central air conditioning system is not a do-it-yourself project you need the help of a qualified professional to do it right.

Like all service-based projects, it's a good idea to spend some time upfront making sure that you pick the right professional. The more contractors you have bidding on your project, the greater likelihood that you will lower your overall cost. As well, the more professionals you speak with, the more sure you can be that you have the best, most experienced company working in your home.

The A/C contractor will help you determine if your home is suitable for an air conditioning system. If your home is currently being constructed, then there will be little problem working in the duct work necessary. Also, if your home already has a forced hot air heating system, then the new AC system can piggyback on the heating system's ducts.

If either of those two cases don't fit your project, then you are looking at significantly higher costs to install the ductwork and central air system. The "This Old House" website has a good article about adding central air.

They estimate that the cost to add central air to a 2,000 square foot house with an existing forced hot air system will be around $3,750. For homes where duct work needs to be added, they estimate that the costs will likely double to around $8,000.

Selecting the right equipment is secondary in importance only to selecting the right contractor. You'll need a reliable, energy efficient unit which can handle the cooling capacity of your home and climate. A qualified air-conditioning professional can help you pick the right size and model equipment for your needs.

comment Thanks for the tips, Ben, I really appreciate your help! - rosie 6 years, 5 months ago
I'm sorry, but you must be logged in to submit comments.

Other wants like "I want an estimate to install a central air conditioning system"

(from The Wantbox Matchbot 5 years, 4 months ago)
Like these replies? Share: |

Find a Central Air Installation Company

How an air conditioner works
Find A/C contractors in your area and find out how much it will cost to add central air to your own home.
Click to Find a Local Pro

How Much does a Central Air System Cost?

Central air cost estimate information

The "This Old House" website estimates that the cost to add central air to a 2,000 square foot house with an existing forced hot air system will be around $3,750. For homes where duct work needs to be added, the price can more than double to around $8,000.

You can get a free and accurate cost estimate for your own project by filling out the simple requirements form here.

How Does a Central AC System Work?

A central air conditioning system is composed of five essential parts:

  1. The evaporator: an indoor system of tubes filled with refrigerants that removes heat and moisture from the air. This process converts the refrigerant from a liquid to a gas.
  2. The condensor: an outdoor system of tubes that remove the collected heat from the refrigerant, in the process converting it back to liquid form.
  3. The air handling unit: the indoor fans (often part of your forced air heating system) which force air through your ductwork.
  4. Central air conditioner price and estimate
  5. The fan: the outdoor fan that forces air through the condensor coils to remove heat from the refrigerant.
  6. The duct work: the pathway through your home where warm air is collected and cool air is dispersed. If you have a force air heating system, the ductwork can be reused for a central air conditioning system, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.

Browse 15 Related Wants

"I want someone to paint three bedrooms" +
details: Two of the bedrooms will be two-color (two walls one color, two another) and one will be a single color. I'll need the flat-textured ceilings painted white in each room as well.
wanted by: timfou (22) in Boston, MA 02111
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 11:01 p.m.
posted on: Jan. 23, 2011, 4:33 p.m.
tags: home improvement interior painting

"I want pricing for a kitchen remodel" +
details: I need to update three appliances (refrigerator, stove and microwave), will need a new sink and lighting but will keep existing cabinets, flooring and countertop. Looking for advice and tips!
wanted by: mieyun (72) in Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 12:08 p.m.
posted on: Jan. 22, 2011, 5:36 p.m.
tags: home improvement interior kitchen remodel

"I want estimates for domestic house cleaning services" +
details: I need a dependable domestic house cleaning service to come weekly to clean my home. The maid cleaning service should be thorough and reliable with experience and good track record. Any recommendations, reviews, pre-screened services would be welcome!
wanted by: jheyun (49) in Boston, MA 02114
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 12:09 p.m.
posted on: Feb. 7, 2011, 6:05 p.m.
tags: home home improvement interior kitchen maid cleaning

"I want someone to do a basement finishing" +
details: Want to take advantage of the space by turning it into an office, workout room and play space.
wanted by: wendylu (22) in Missouri City, MO 64072
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 10:56 p.m.
posted on: Jan. 26, 2011, 6:17 p.m.
tags: basement home improvement interior radon detector

"I want a home addition: garage, office and master bedroom" +
details: Will need to tear down the existing one-car garage and build a new two-car, as well as a first floor library/office and a second floor master bedroom and bath.
wanted by: BillF (21) in Westport, CT 06888
updated on: Oct. 10, 2012, 4:11 p.m.
posted on: June 28, 2011, 1:31 a.m.
tags: addition exterior home improvement interior renovation

"I want someone to fix my gas furnace" +
details: My natural gas furnace is making a funny clicking noise whenever it turns on. Goes click-click-click an number of times and then sometimes comes on and sometimes doesn't. Help!
wanted by: LauraC (28) in Cambridge, MA 02138
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 10:50 p.m.
posted on: Feb. 2, 2011, 4:57 p.m.
tags: cold furnace gas heating home improvement hvac

"I want solid oak wood flooring installed" +
details: Much of my first floor is either carpeted, tiled or covered in a laminated wood floor. Want it all pulled out and replaced with a solid oak wood floor.
wanted by: BillF (21) in Westport, CT 06888
updated on: March 5, 2012, 5:09 p.m.
posted on: Jan. 24, 2011, 1:36 a.m.
tags: floor flooring home improvement interior oak

"I want an interior decorator" +
details: We need someone to help decorate a new home; giving color and contemporary style. Immediate needs: bedroom wall colors, and a few bathroom remodels.
wanted by: mitch (317) in Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
updated on: Oct. 10, 2012, 4:07 p.m.
posted on: Oct. 28, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
tags: design home home improvement interior

"I want advice on gas range stoves" +
details: Time to replace my old Maytag gas range. Want a stainless steel finish with powerful stove burners.
wanted by: SoopahMom (45) in Orlando, FL 32811
updated on: Sept. 13, 2011, 12:59 a.m.
posted on: Aug. 15, 2011, 3:05 p.m.
tags: appliances home improvement interior kitchen range remodel

"I want new granite and countertops installed in my kitchen" +
details: Need the price of granite countertops and some pictures of granite countertops. I have a laminate now which is in bad shape and is an eyesore.
wanted by: barbara (27) in Arlington, MA 02476
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 12:08 p.m.
posted on: July 4, 2011, 2:07 a.m.
tags: countertop design home improvement interior kitchen

"I want either the GE Cafe gas range or Electrolux gas range" +
details: I need to replace my current Frigidaire gas range. I've read a lot of online reviews which compare the GE Cafe versus the Electrolux with Wave-Touch. Help!
wanted by: carole (7) in Ellenton, FL 34222
updated on: Sept. 13, 2011, 12:59 a.m.
posted on: Aug. 18, 2011, 8:29 p.m.
tags: appliances home improvement interior kitchen range remodel

"I want someone to install oak cabinets for kitchen remodel" +
details: Need new kitchen oak cupboards and cabinets and any feedback on the cost of kitchen cabinets installed. I may consider cabinet refacing if the price for new cupboards and cabinets is too high.
wanted by: barbara (27) in Arlington, MA 02476
updated on: June 5, 2012, 12:49 a.m.
posted on: July 1, 2011, 2:13 a.m.
tags: cabinets home improvement interior kitchen oak

"I want an electrician for a couple small projects" +
details: I need to move a timer switch for some outdoor lights from the basement to the first floor and I need to replace the switch to my gas fireplace.
wanted by: bryant (35) in Jersey City, NJ 07302
updated on: Oct. 10, 2012, 1:58 a.m.
posted on: Jan. 2, 2011, 11:52 p.m.
tags: electrician home improvement

"I want new oak hardwood floors installed in my kitchen" +
details: I'm looking for someone to install hardwood floors in my renovated kitchen. Must replace the linoleum. Must replace it now!
wanted by: barbara (27) in Arlington, MA 02476
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 12:06 p.m.
posted on: Feb. 4, 2011, 2:15 a.m.
tags: flooring hardwood home improvement kitchen oak

"I want a 3HP 10-inch cabinet saw" +
details: I'm ready to turn my old table saw into a dedicated dado cutter and graduate to a big boy cabinet saw. Anyone have recommendations?
wanted by: HandyAndy (76) in Great Falls, MT 59404
updated on: Aug. 30, 2011, 10:41 a.m.
posted on: Jan. 4, 2011, 9:09 p.m.
tags: home improvement power tools saw shop tools woodworking

Browse All Wants in Your State

Real Time Web Analytics