I'm trying to replace two central Air conditioners (one per each floor. 2-3 ton each) in my home and I'm not sure if I should go with Ductless (because of a much lower cost) or pay higher and replace the central air conditioners.
The current Air conditioners are about 20 years old. I had a HVAC guy come in. He said that the current ones are of high quality. Why replace them? He acknowledged that the old refrigerant has been banned but that still doesn't warrant replacing both the units. The problem I have with my current units is that the electricity bill goes to around $500 during peak summer.
Replacing central air would would be around $6000 for parts (2x Air conditioners) and another $6000 for labor, so I'm looking at $12k.
If I install 2x ductless in the lower level of the home, the cost would be around $2000 total (DIY + hire hvac for final inspection). I have about 1500 sqft in the main area and four 10x12 rooms upstairs.
- Ducts are already installed, so we would be taking advantage of that. No additional holes/changes to be made to the structure of the home
- Have to install 2 systems in the main area and window units in each room upstairs. Look of the home is affected
- Need to make additional holes to install the (cold) unit inside the home
What do you guys think?