How Do I Choose Between a Ductless and Ducted Heat Pump?

October 23rd, 2016

If you are planning to change your HVAC system during the fall, one of the choices you may run into is whether you should go with a standard system that uses ductwork or switch to the increasingly popular ductless mini split heat pump. Usually, this debate comes up when you’re doing renovations to your house that will remove an old set of ducts, giving you the option of either putting in new ducts or bypassing ductwork entirely.

If you’re only looking for a heating installation this fall and plan to use your existing ducts, talk to us about our furnace installation services in Gilbert, AZ. We offer both gas and electric furnaces.

Let’s take a look at the two heat pump choices to see when it’s best to go with a ducted system or a ductless one. Continue Reading

What Are the Health Benefits of Duct Cleaning?

October 17th, 2016

Last week, we wrote about the importance of scheduling regular air duct cleaning with our team. It’s a wise idea to have this done every 3 to 5 years, or whenever you notice a drop in the efficiency of your HVAC system. Along with improving the performance of home cooling and heating, air duct cleaning can also have health benefits. We’ll take a closer look at some of the ways clean air ducts can boost health conditions in your house. Continue Reading

Why Air Duct Cleaning Is Important

October 10th, 2016

We strongly recommend any home that has ductwork (which is most homes) schedule regular duct cleaning services with our professionals. Most houses need this job every few years, so if you’ve never had duct cleaning done, you’re almost certainly overdue for it!

If you have ducts that are damaged instead of dirty, we’re also the people who can help: our experts handle duct repair in Mesa, AZ and elsewhere in the Phoenix area. Continue Reading

How Much Does A New AC Unit Cost?

October 9th, 2016

We receive a lot of phone calls and E-mails from people asking the question; “How much does a new AC cost?” In this article we’re going to discuss how much it costs to install a new central air conditioner in Phoenix, AZ. Keep in mind, the price may vary in your particular area if you’re not located in Arizona.

That said, having been in this industry for going on three decades, and owning Magic Touch Mechanical for twenty years this January, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many of the best HVAC contractors all over the country. What I’ve found is; typically, the cost of a replacing an air conditioner or an entire central heating and cooling system may vary by about $1,000 or so.

If you found this article because you searched the term; “how much does a new air conditioner cost”, you want to get right to it and you probably won’t like my immediate answer: The price of installing a new air conditioner is between $4,000 and $16,000.

Yes, I know you just said, that’s a huge spread, can you narrow it down? – I know, because that’s what everyone says! So let’s break it down:

How much does a new split system air conditioner cost? 

The most common type of central air conditioning system is called a “split system”. This type of system contains two or three main components with one component, the condenser, located outside, and the other component(s), the air handler, or evap. coil & furnace, inside.

Before government regulations required higher efficiency air conditioners (SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating), it was common for homeowners to choose to only replace the air conditioning portion of their split system (just the condenser aka condensing unit) and this would typically cost a few thousand dollars.

With the new minimum air conditioner SEER rating of 14 SEER however, both the indoor and outdoor components need to be replaced in order to meet the standard. The indoor components typically require a lot of additional labor to replace than the condenser by itself, which has driven replacement costs up significantly in the last 10 years. Where they are located, i.e. attic, closet, or garage makes a difference too. Expect to pay approximately $500 more for an air handler or furnace replacement in an attic than one located in a garage or closet. Attic furnace installation is very common in the Phoenix, AZ area, not so much further East.

Cost for a complete slit system replacement installation (both air conditioning and heating system):

  • GOOD – 14 SEER Split Heat Pump or AC with Gas Furnace (Basic System) cost: $4,000 – $6,000*
  • BETTER – 15 SEER to 16 SEER Split Heat Pump or AC with Gas Furnace (Advanced System) cost: $6,000 – $9,000*
  • BEST – 17 SEER to 18 SEER Split Heat Pump or AC with Gas Furnace (Advanced System) cost: $7,000 – $10,000*
  • ULTIMATE – 18 SEER to 25+SEER Split Heat Pump or AC with Gas Furnace (Rolls Royce System) cost: $9,000 – $16,000*

*Depending on brand, tonnage (BTU Capacity), features, and minor component changes needed to accommodate the new system. The level of difficulty also plays a huge roll in the installation price of your new AC & Heating system. Obviously, your contractors labor costs will be lower for homes with easy access than say a home with 14’ ceilings and a tight scuttle (attic access) opening.

How much does a new rooftop package air conditioner cost?

There are two main types of rooftop air conditioners; “Packaged” or Package Heat Pumps, and Package Gas/Electric or “Gas-Packs”. Installing rooftop units was very common practice for builders in the 70’s and rooftop heat pumps really took off in the 80’s and 90’s. The trend in newer homes seems to be going back to installing split air conditioners.

The price range tends to be lower than split systems for two reasons. First, the highest efficiency package heat pump (or gas pack) is 16 SEER, so there are fewer options. Second, there are many less labor hours and access issues associated with rooftop units.

Cost for a complete package rooftop air conditioner replacement installation (both air conditioning and heating system):

  • GOOD – 14 SEER Package Heat Pump or Gas Pack (Basic System) cost: $4,000 – $7,000*
  • BETTER – 15 SEER Package Heat Pump or Gas Pack (Basic System) cost: $5,000 – $8,000*
  • BEST – 16 SEER Package Heat Pump or Gas Pack (Basic System) cost: $6,000 – $9,000*
Commercial Heat Pump Rooftop Unit Install

Installing a commercial rooftop package heat pump


About the author: Rich Morgan is the founder and co-owner of Magic Touch Mechanical, Inc. – Mesa, AZ. He has twenty-nine years’ experience in the air conditioning and heating business, twenty years as the owner of Magic Touch. He is credited with being one of the first HVAC Contractors in the Phoenix, AZ market to fully embrace home performance contracting (a holistic approach to whole home “performance” i.e.; how things like insulation, doors and windows, building air leakage, duct design and leakage, etc. effect the efficiency, comfort, and safety of a building and the health of its occupants.

If you own a home or building in the Phoenix-Metro area and would like to schedule a free estimate for a replacement air conditioner, a whole home energy audit, or any of the other services Magic Touch Mechanical provides, contact us today and see why our motto is; “We Do It Better Than It Has To Be!”

If you live outside of the Phoenix are, we recommend you read about how to choose the right air conditioning company and check out some of our air conditioner side-by-side product comparisons.

It’s Time to Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning

October 3rd, 2016

Did you look at the title of this post and think, “Wait… I need to have my dryer vent cleaned?” This isn’t much of a surprise. Many people aren’t aware that the dryer vent is something that requires cleaning on a regular basis. However, this is a vital service—and it’s also one that you should leave to our professionals in Phoenix. We work with all types of ventilation systems and take care of thorough duct cleaning jobs, and we’re equipped to see that your dryer vent cleaning is done fast and accurately. Continue Reading

Heating and Cooling Tax Credits Extended for 2016!

September 26th, 2016

Improving the energy efficiency of your home is a great idea all-around. That’s why we offer energy audits for homes in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Our experts will find many ways you can boost your home performance so you save money and improve comfort.

But did you know that the government offers you savings as well on many of these home improvements? Tax rebates for energy-efficient HVAC systems offer you even more ways to cut down on your comfort costs for the year. Continue Reading

Arrange for an Energy Audit This Fall for Great Future Savings

September 19th, 2016

The fall may not provide Phoenix with much relief from the heat of the sun, but even a small change in the weather is a good time for you to consider improvements for home performance. The best way to discover how to boost your home’s energy performance is to contact the Magic Touch Mechanical team an schedule an energy audit.

This isn’t just our suggestion! The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that all homes have an energy audit done to locate places where improvements can save them save the most energy during the year.

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How a Zone Control System Means Better Comfort as Well as Better Savings

September 12th, 2016

An improvement or addition to a new HVAC installation that we strongly recommend for customers is a zone control system. Zone controls divide up the ductwork into separate climate “zones” where cooling and heating can be shut off. This is different from the standard HVAC system, where the conditioned air goes to every room in the house, regardless of whether it needs it or not. Continue Reading

“Don’t Fix It if It Ain’t Broke”—How This Can Cost You in the Long Run

September 5th, 2016

It’s an old adage and it seems to make sense: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It’s good advice for many things in life. But it doesn’t really apply to machines and appliances, i.e. things that can actually break. The truth is that something can continue to work without breaking down, but still need repairs. If you go with this philosophy when it comes to your air conditioning system, you’ll end up paying for it in the long run… both in comfort and in money. Continue Reading

How Do I Find A Trustworthy AC Repair Near Me?

September 3rd, 2016

How Do I Find Trustworthy AC Repair Near Me?

When you own a home in Phoenix, AZ air conditioning is a necessity not a luxury. So when you need AC repair, you want it fast but you also want to pay a fair price and know that the service technician is competent and honest.

Air conditioning companies and manufacturers alike put out tons of great information about how to choose the right HVAC Contractor and what to look for when it comes to getting a new air conditioner installed, but what about when you need AC repair or service and you don’t have a lot of time to shop around?

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