If you need a new HVAC unit like a central air conditioner or heat pump, you can save quite a bit of money if you have it installed before the end of the year. Due to two new federal regulations, the price of all new central ACs and heat pumps is set to rise by at least 20% to 30% in 2023. The only way to avoid these industry-wide price increases is to act now and get your new unit installed prior to New Year’s Day. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the reasons that HVAC prices are going up and what the new regulations mean for consumers.

Why Are HVAC Prices Increasing?

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced two new regulations that will affect the HVAC industry starting in 2023. The minimum energy efficiency requirements for all heat pumps and central air conditioners will increase from January 1, and there are also new regulations that will change what type of refrigerant can be used in these new units.

Currently, all new air conditioners and heat pumps installed in the southern U.S., including Missouri, must have a minimum seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of at least 14. In the northern half of the country, the minimum is currently 13 SEER. These minimums will rise in 2023 to 15 SEER in the South and 14 SEER in the north. There will also be a new minimum heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) requirement for heat pumps. The current minimum is 8.2 HSPF, and the new minimum will be 8.8 HSPF. These increases mean that all new units will be about 7% more energy efficient than the previous units.

The more efficient an HVAC unit is, the more it costs. However, the new efficiency standards are only a small part of the reason why HVAC prices are increasing. The bigger reason for the increases is that the Department of Energy is banning the use of R-410A refrigerant in all new cooling units.

R-410A has been the main type of refrigerant used in air conditioners and heat pumps since 2010 when the government banned the use of Freon. Any new units installed after the end of 2022 will now have to use a different type of refrigerant. The issue here is that this switch is resulting in substantial changes to the way that air conditioners and heat pumps are designed and function in order to safely and effectively utilize the newly approved refrigerants. Unfortunately, these design changes mean that these new units are more expensive to manufacture, and this is the main reason why the prices are increasing so much.

Benefits of Replacing Your Old HVAC Unit

The fact that the prices of new HVAC units are increasing so much is an obvious reason to get your old air conditioner or heat pump replaced as soon as possible. Nonetheless, replacing your old HVAC unit can also provide a number of other major benefits. One of the biggest of these benefits is increased energy savings.

Even if your old unit is still working decently, upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient unit should allow you to save at least a few hundred dollars on your energy costs over the next 10 to 15 years. The savings could be far higher if your current unit is failing or no longer working as efficiently and effectively.

Upgrading your unit will also help you to save money by reducing the need for any major repairs. Another major bonus is that your new unit will be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. This means that you may not need to pay out of your own pocket if something fails and your new unit requires major repairs.

Upgrading to a new HVAC unit can also greatly improve your overall comfort and help to eliminate issues with inconsistent or uneven heating and cooling or hot and cold spots in different parts of the home. New HVAC units are also far quieter than older units.

Joplin’s HVAC Installation Experts

If you’re looking to replace your old HVAC unit before the end of the year, Lyerla Heating & Air is here to help. Our certified HVAC technicians specialize in HVAC installation and replacement, and we carry an extensive selection of units suitable for any size of home or building. We install, service, and repair heating systems, air conditioners, ductless mini-splits, and geothermal HVAC systems, and our team has years of experience in a full range of residential, commercial, and industrial heating and cooling services. To learn more about your HVAC installation options or to schedule a consultation, give Lyerla Heating & Air in Joplin a call today.


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