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Thinking of replacing your HVAC system, we may have the right solution for you!

Alpha Mechanical can gladly provide a free estimate and an honest assessment of your system, to help you decide the right system for your home. We understand system reliability issues, design parameter issues, duct design issues, and return on investment questions. Purchasing a new air conditioner, furnace, and heat pump is a big decision. We want you to not only have comfort but peace of mind that your investment is protected.

How Does An HVAC System Work?

So, how does an HVAC system work? An HVAC system keeps your home comfortable year-round by manipulating air temperature. It uses a thermostat to detect temperature changes and signals the indoor unit to either cool or heat your home. Cool air is produced by absorbing heat indoors and releasing it outside through refrigerant cycles. Heating, on the other hand, can be produced through various methods like burning fuel in a furnace or extracting heat from the outside air with a heat pump. Ducts are the pathways your HVAC system uses throughout your home.

Before Replacing Your Current HVAC System.

Here are five important points to consider before replacing your current heating and cooling system. Before buying and replacing a HVAC system make sure to look at all of them.


Only you can determine if your budget is better suited to repair or replace. We are here to provide information so that you can make an informed decision. Typically a small system that has a relatively simple replacement without ducts starts around $9,000 and up. Be sure to always factor in labor, unit grade and special features for the HVAC installation, as well as comparing how future repairs will affect your costs.

How old is the system

The national average for HVAC system life is around 15 years. In Northern California Valley with triple digit summers and the heat strain on your system usually reduces the lifespan below the national average.

Lowers Energy Cost

Upgrading to higher efficiency means you are using less energy to operate and save money on utility bills.

Compare a 20 year old system and around 2000 square foot home, replaced with a new high efficiency 16 SEER heat pump system. It typically will save you around 35% annually on your electric bill in Sacramento.

Typically a 95% AFUE high efficiency gas furnace will save around 30% in the gas utility bills. Don’t forget the smaller things like smart thermostats and zone controls that offer personalized comfort as well as potential energy savings.

Duration of Ownership

Length of time you plan to remain in your home. Your return on investment when you replace increases the longer you plan to stay in your home.

Performance and Comfort

Depending on the size of your home, larger or smaller units may be better choices. A unit that is too big will be more expensive, and produce too much heating and cooling, while a unit that isn’t big enough will struggle to heat or cool your home.

Repair VS Replace

Deciding to repair or replace HVAC systems hinges on several factors.

Age is a big one: if your system is nearing 10-15 years old and requires frequent, costly repairs, replacement might be more cost-effective in the long run. Weigh this against the efficiency of newer systems; while they save energy, replacing your HVAC is a hefty investment.

Consider warranty status, system performance, and how long you plan to stay in your home. Remember, repairing extends your current system’s life, while replacing offers a fresh start with better efficiency.Ultimately, the decision of whether to repair or replace your HVAC system is a personal one.

By carefully considering the factors of your specific circumstances, you can make the best decision for your home and your budget.

Demystifying HVAC Stereotypes

There are many common HVAC myths, such as these.

One of the BIGGEST MYTHS is that a bigger HVAC unit is always better. In reality, an oversized unit can be inefficient and costly to operate. It’s important to have a professional evaluate your home and recommend the right size system for your needs.

You don’t always need to replace your entire system just because newer, more energy-efficient models are available. In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to repair or replace certain components.

Regular maintenance is essential for keeping your HVAC system running efficiently and preventing costly breakdowns. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can skip maintenance until something breaks.

Finally, while your HVAC system may no longer be under warranty, that doesn’t mean it can’t be repaired. Many parts are available for older units, and independent service providers can often handle repairs at a lower cost than dealerships.

What to Look for When Choosing a HVAC Brand?

When choosing a HVAC brand key factors include energy efficiency (look for high SEER ratings), noise level (opt for quieter systems), warranty coverage, and readily available parts.

Maximize savings during your HVAC replacement process with rebates and prioritize reliable brands like Trane, Bosch, Goodman, or Carrier.

Don’t forget to consult a certified contractor for expert advice and system suitability. Be sure to use resources like tax credit info and product reviews to make an informed decision and enjoy a comfortable, efficient home environment.


California offers attractive rebates on energy-efficient HVAC systems, particularly with heat pump rebates in California.

From federal tax credits to local utility incentives, you can significantly reduce upfront costs when you replace an HVAC system, and enjoy long-term savings on your heating and cooling bills. Check with your local utility company and resources like Consumer Reports for details and eligibility.

Make sure to check for rebates that may make more expensive HVAC systems on paper cost you less than the cheaper ones.

Estimated HVAC Replacement Cost

California’s climate demands reliable HVAC, but the HVAC system replacement cost sometimes is daunting.

Key factors affecting cost include unit type, labor, installation complexity, and removal. Newer, efficient units cost more upfront but save on energy.

Expect to pay $500-$2,500 for labor and additional costs for ductwork, zone additions, or upgrades. Consider average costs by unit type: central heating ($4,000-$8,500), air conditioner ($4,000-$11,500), mini-split ($3,500+).

Remember, rebates can help lower costs significantly.

Typical HVAC Unit Installation Includes

Proper City building permit
Title-24 Testing: Airflow, Duct Leakage, Refrigerant Charge Tests, Equipment Verification
Removing and disposing of the existing system
Crane service for package units
Rooftop Application: Adapter curb or new curb with plenums
A new secondary drain pan for attic split systems
Modifying the existing supply plenum
Modifying the existing return plenum
Reconnecting existing ductwork to the new equipment
New WiFi or programmable digital thermostat of your choice
Properly sized circuit breakers at the main electrical panel
New high voltage service disconnect and wiring for outdoor unit
Precision refrigerant charge
Upgrade gas line connection at the furnace
New refrigerant line-set for certain variable speed systems
Install smoke detectors and CO2 sensor (if not present)
Complete jobsite clean up of debris
System startup and commissioning

What About Mobile Home HVAC Systems Installation?

Wondering what to use for your mobile home HVAC systems?

For cooling, ditch the noisy, limited window AC. While central air is popular, it requires ducts and upkeep. Consider mini-splits: compact, quiet, and perfect for specific areas, often without needing ducts. Packaged AC units offer an all-in-one outdoor solution, but might require ducts.Forget the myth that mini-splits are less efficient than central air in mobile homes. They can be just as good, and often more cost-effective, especially if your ducts need work.

Heating options include gas, electric, or oil furnaces, so choose the right size for your home. Heat pumps offer both heating and cooling but cost more for the HVAC installation process.

Why Choose Alpha Mechanical
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Proper Design - Professional Engineering on Staff
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Engineering Support

We have a licensed mechanical engineer on staff that can address complex system design issues in your building. What this means to you is a single point of contact effectively solving your install & replacement issues.

Thinking of replacing your system?

We have access and can install any equipment brand. But we have a special relationship with Trane manufacturer, Mitsubishi manufacturer, Bosch manufacturer, and Goodman manufacturer. Our goal is to provide you a reliable product with a cost effective solution that works for you.

Get your questions answered about HVAC System replacement!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are HVAC Replacement costs?

For each unit type the average cost is: central heating ($4,000-$8,500), air conditioner ($4,000-$11,500), mini-split ($3,500+).

The labor generally costs $500-$2,500, but there may be more costs for ductwork, zone additions, or upgrades.

What is the HVAC Replacement Process?

At the most basic level we remove the old system and put in a new one, then make sure it’s up and running properly. This may seem simple, but with systems weighing up to and over 200 pounds, it is important to have trained professionals install it.

When is it Time to Replace my HVAC System?

Replacing an HVAC system is needed when your HVAC nearing 15 years old, constantly needing repairs, or costing you more in energy bills. Uneven temperatures or strange noises could also signal trouble.

Commercial Replacement Solutions

Running a commercial property is a never-ending job. There’s always so much to do and so little time. When your HVAC system starts giving you trouble or just died, we are here to help. Alpha Mechanical will alleviate the stress, we put all our energy so that you save yours, and your space can provide unwavering comfort. From a mom-and-pop shop to a large commercial building, we do it all. We focus on air systems up to 25 tons in size. We understand that your system is a critical part of your work life. We strive to get your system replaced with minimum impact on operations. Our focus is to get your air system running in no time.

• • • Office • Retail • Worship • Warehouse • Multi-Family • • •

From a packaged rooftop units and split systems, we can cover all your commercial air conditioning service needs in Fair Oaks, CA, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and beyond.

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