I'm considering purchasing a small duplex that was built in 1964. It only has window units, no central air or anything. Do you guys usually shy away from this or is it not a big deal?
Thanks guys, I was considering doing the same thing. Is there any kind of rule of thumb for estimating this? I don't even have the place under contract so I don't want my HVAC guy to spend time on quoting me anything.
Thanks @Johnny Napier , looks like you got in before my last comment. Is $6k a typical installation cost? I know it depends on location, but as a good budgeting estimate?
@Nathan McBride I have considered that and that is what I would most likely do. I suppose I was incorrectly using the terms interchangeably. I think that would actually be the better route to go with this property as it's a rather small square footage.
Had one done last February for 4/2 1200 sq ft with a 2 ton split unit including all new electrical and ducts for $5200.00. Last December did a replacement 2 ton split unit for $4,000 in a 2/2 1000 sq ft. This past July I had a replacement 2 ton split unit without duct work and electrical for $3,900.00 in a 3/2 1160 sq ft home. I gave you $6k since you didn't mention size of the house.
I make my tenants supply their own window units .One less thing for me to maintain
Thanks a lot @Johnny Napier , that's very helpful.
Nathan brings up a great point. I forgot that you mentioned duplex. If you're not paying utilities, it's probably the most cost effective solution for 2 separate doors.
You may think to take out the unattractive window units and install the new mini room air conditioners that wall mount and come with remote controls. I think you can pick them up for about $300/units and be much simpler to install than a whole new house central system. I think people will like having full use of the windows. These units as something like 10" to 12" high, about 8 " deep, and from 4' to 5' long and are an electronically controled, actually a nice and attractive feature. They come with a mini compressor that mounts on the outside of the wall and w/thier own mounting bracket. or you can simply mount then in the attic with a drainage hose for the condensation to the outiside of the wall itself. This way no one looking at your house from the outside would even suspect each room has an air conditioner. Sounds complicated but it is not and each unit takes about one hour to install and have it running minutes after the install is finished. Compare that to the maybe between $5K and $10K you will have to pay for a whole house central system.
Good idea @Gilbert Dominguez , I'll have to look into this as well.
@Andrew Merritt We have an older 4-plex in a historic area of town and the window units have worked great for us. There is no duct work, so going back and installing central A/C would be cost prohibitive. It also hasn't been an issue for our prospective tenants. We buy units that have digital thermostats, and have sufficient cooling capacity for the space, so they work well. As we have had to replace older models that we inherited from the previous owner, its less than $200 and 30 minutes to swap one out.
@Patrick Alderman Thanks Patrick, good info