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HVAC System Replacement Cost (Updated For 2023)

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HVAC System Replacement Cost

One of the most common questions we get related to heating and cooling systems is, “how much does it cost to replace an HVAC system?

While it would be relatively easy to provide a quick price range based on a wide variety of factors, we’ll outline here many of the factors that contribute to HVAC system cost so you’ll have a better idea of how much your replacement HVAC system may cost.

James River Select, Ultra & Prodigy HVAC Systems

To simplify some of the HVAC choices, which also drive cost, we categorize our HVAC systems into three groups:

James River Select

Most economical. The most advanced of the basic HVAC systems presenting lower cost. Excellent value with strong efficiency with features that don't compromise comfort. A two-speed system that can run at low speed in milder conditions, saving electricity and a minimum 15 SEER2 efficiency rating.

James River Ultra

Most Popular. Upper Mid-tier of HVAC replacement systems with variable capacity automatically adjusting to match your homes demand. The Horizontal discharge outdoor unit is extremely small and unbelievably quiet. Expect efficiency ratings of 15-18 SEER2.

James River Prodigy

Superior. The best and most efficient. You can expect these systems to have variable capacity automatically adjusting to your homes comfort requirements. These units have a maximum of 24 SEER2 efficiency rating. The epitome of design with maximum rebates.

HVAC System Types

There are a few different types of heating and cooling systems with the most common being heat pump + electric, or air conditioning with natural gas, or propane furnaces.

When it comes to evaluating the replacement cost, there is minimal difference among these common types. Alternative types such as gas or oil-fired boilers or geothermal systems are considerably more expensive.

System Size vs. Cost

Ensuring the right size for your HVAC unit is crucial for optimal performance in your home. Factors like cooling requirements, influenced by your home’s age, insulation quality and the amount of windows, dictate the system size and associated costs.

System sizes are often measured in tons, representing cooling capacity (1 ton = 12,000 BTU). Your home may also have multiple zones, which means a separate HVAC system for different parts of your home. 

*The prices in the chart above include equipment only and excludes labor, materials, permits or any other modifications. See below for more details about labor & installation costs.

Installation Variables

When assessing HVAC costs, it’s essential to recognize that equipment expenses are just one aspect. Estimating HVAC system costs is challenging due to the multitude of factors involved in installation. Here are key considerations for your installation quote:

Questions Regarding HVAC Replacement Costs?


One of our HVAC professionals will evaluate your home’s specific HVAC needs.


At James River Air, we’re experts in heating and cooling systems. First and foremost, we want to make sure you’re comfortable in your home year-round. Having a heating and cooling system that is designed and installed properly is critical for year-round comfort. The age and construction of your home will factor into the size and type of HVAC system that will provide optimum comfort.

Upgrades to Consider

Your existing system may already have some of these upgrades, and you may choose to keep, eliminate or add any of these options during your system replacement.


During the winter months the humidity is generally lower and your heating system can contribute even further to dry indoor air. Having proper humidity levels in your home lead to comfort and can even save you money. Indoor humidity makes the air feel warmer so you may be able to lower your thermostat 1-2 degrees. Prices for humidification systems range from $900 to $3000.

Whole-Home Air Purification

Specialty filters can purify air to eliminate pollution, allergens, and in some cases even harmful viruses or bacteria. Ask one of our experts about options for whole-home air purification. Prices for whole-home air purification range from $500 to $1200.


While air conditioning systems provide some level of dehumidification, our hot and humid summers put a lot of pressure on an air conditioning system. An added dehumidification system will help your air conditioner run more effectively by reducing the humidity level in your home. Prices for dehumidification systems range from $2800-$5200.

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High Energy Bill Tips

James River Air’s 5 LOW- or NO-COST Things You Can Do Now To Increase HVAC Efficiency And Save Money Later.

More Than Half of Household Energy Use Comes from Heating and Cooling. 

Around this time of year, many of us take a look at our energy bill and ask: Why is it SO high? What can I do to lower my bill and improve home energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort?

Per the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Winter Fuels Outlook 2021 report, U.S. households that primarily heat with electricity can expect to spend 6% more than they spent last winter, on average.

And according to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for nearly HALF of a typical home’s energy usage. With HVAC energy consumption tied to the weather and seasonal fluctuations, it’s no wonder that Central Virginians are seeing sky-high energy bills this time of year.

So what can you do to maximize the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system, especially when temps are dropping and ice and snow are in the forecast? With proper care and maintenance, you can winterize your HVAC and ensure it’s running optimally. James River Air Conditioning has five no- or low-cost tips for saving energy in the winter so you don’t have to pay big bucks later on repairs or replacements.

  1. Make sure your air filter is clean – check it monthly and replace it regularly.
  2. Sub-freezing outside? Don’t crank the thermostat up to compensate; leave it at the same temperature you normally have it set. (The ideal winter thermostat temperature is 68 degrees.)
  3. Prevent HVAC unit damage by keeping snow or ice build-up off of your unit. Keep the unit clear with a soft brush or broom. (Never try to pick ice off with a sharp tool of any kind!)
  4. Check your exterior heating vents – snow or ice buildup can not only block but damage vents.
  5. Schedule annual preventive maintenance to ensure your HVAC system is running smoothly!

If you need help with your home energy bill, relief programs and services are available. Details from Dominion Energy: Energy Assistance | Virginia | Dominion Energy



Protecting Your HVAC System from Snow and Ice

With totals of 4 to 6 inches of snow and some localities receiving more, it is important as homeowners to take care of your HVAC system. Without the proper care and maintenance, winter storms can damage your HVAC system. To help be prepared for the current winter storm, we have tips on HVAC protection to keep you and your home safe and comfortable. Because YOUR comfort matters!

6 Tips to Protect your HVAC System

  1. Check your air filter to make sure your heating unit is in good operating condition.
  2. If you have a furnace, make sure you know where your flue location is and that it is clear of snow. High-efficiency furnaces use PVC exhaust piping which must be kept clear of snow.
  3. Do not let snow or ice build-up on your unit. Keep your HVAC unit clear with a soft broom. Never use any type of steel pick or pick to chisel ice off unit.
  4. An efficient way to get ice off your fan blades is using hot water.
  5. Check your exterior vents – snow or ice buildup can block your exterior heating vents and can be damaging.
  6. Schedule annual preventive maintenance to ensure your HVAC system is ready to keep you and your home warm and comfortable!

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