Atlas AC Repair, LLC

2021 pricing is valid for San Antonio, Austin, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Boerne, and Kerrville.
  • New AC Unit Cost – $3,300 to $4,000
  • New Furnace Cost – $3,000 to $5,100
  • New AC and Furnace Replacement Cost – $5,200 to $7,750
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How much does a new outdoor AC unit Cost to install in San Antonio, Austin and the hill country?

An AC unit cost the average homeowner in San Antonio and Austin between $3,300 to $4,000 for the installation of a basic air conditioning unit. The new AC unit cost includes a 14 SEER Carrier air conditioner installed.

Outdoor AC Unit TonnageHeat Pump AC Unit Average CostElectric & Gas AC Unit Average Cost
2 Ton 14 SEER Outdoor AC Unit$3,500$3,300
2.5 Ton 14 SEER Outdoor AC Unit$3,700$3,300
3 Ton 14 SEER Outdoor AC Unit$3,600$3,400
3.5 Ton 14 SEER Outdoor AC Unit$3,700$3,500
4 Ton 14 SEER Outdoor AC Unit$3,800$3,700
5 Ton 14 SEER Outdoor AC Unit$4,000$3,800

What's included in a new outdoor AC unit replacement?

The installation of a new outdoor AC unit/condenser includes:
  • Removal & disposal of the current outdoor condenser. 
  • Installation of the new condenser to city code. 
  • Installation of a disconnect & whip, proper max circuit protection fuses, and locking caps.
  • Line set flush to accommodate new refrigerant. 
  • 10-year parts warranty & 1-year labor warranty
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What is the difference between a Heat pump and a Gas/Electric outdoor AC unit?

Heat Pump AC Unit

  • A heat pump air conditioning unit works very differently from a gas or electric AC unit. A heat pump is used for both cooling and heating, while a gas or electric AC unit is only used for cooling and has nothing to do with the heating function of your AC system.  Because a heat pump is used for both heating and cooling it contains more parts for the operation, making the cost of a heat pump AC unit in San Antonio and Austin more than a gas or electric AC unit.

Gas/Electric AC Unit

  • There is no difference between gas and electric air conditioning units. The installation process and equipment are the same for both.  The reason gas and electric air conditioning units are cheaper than heat pumps is that they only cool and do not heat.  Since they are used less throughout the year, gas and electric AC units do not have to be manufactured to be as durable as heat pumps.  This lowers the overall replacement cost of a gas or electric AC unit in the San Antonio and Austin areas.

Outdoor AC unit pricing overview

A quick recap on outside ac unit cost. A 2 ton AC unit price ranges from $3,300 to $3,500. A 2.5 ton AC unit price ranges from $3,300 to $3,700.  A 3 ton AC unit price ranges from $3,400 to $3,600. A 3.5 ton AC unit price ranges from $3,500 to $3,700. A 4 ton AC unit price ranges from $3,700 to $3,800. A 5 ton AC unit price ranges from $3,800 to $4,000.

How Much does a new Indoor furnace cost to Install in San Antonio, Austin And The Hill Country??

The cost for a furnace replacement in San Antonio and Austin can range from $3,000 to $5,100 for the installation of a basic 14 SEER furnace.

Furnace / Air Handler TonnageGas Furnace Average CostHeat Pump Furnace Average CostElectric Furnace Average Cost
2 Ton Single Stage Furnace$4,000$3,100$3,000
2.5 Ton Single Stage Furnace$4,400$3,100$3,000
3 Ton Single Stage Furnace$4,400$3,100$3,100
3.5 Ton Single Stage Furnace$4,800$3,300$3,300
4 Ton Single Stage Furnace$4,800$3,400$3,500
5 Ton Single Stage Furnace$5,100$3,700$3,500

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Atlas AC Service Area

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What's included in a new Indoor Furnace replacement?

The installation of a new indoor furnace/air handler includes:
  • Removal & disposal of the current furnace.
  • Installation of a new furnace to city code. 
  • Installation of heat kit elements, proper max circuit protection fuses, and safety float switches.
  • Reconnection of drain line & proper attachment and sealing of plenum transitions.
  • Line set flush to accommodate new refrigerant. 
  • Complete city permit & city inspection (if needed).
  • 10-year parts warranty & 1-year labor warranty
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Why does a gas furnace replacement cost more?

Gas Furnace Replacement

  • A gas new furnace cost more than a heat pump or electric furnace largely due to the safety features required which result in a higher equipment cost and longer installation time.  The San Antonio and Austin area requires a city inspection for all gas furnaces to ensure there isn’t any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Heat Pump / Electric AC Unit

  • Although these two furnace types are very different from each other, the material and labor costs are similar. This is why there isn’t much of a cost difference between the installation of a heat pump and an electric air-hander. Most zip codes in the San Antonio and Austin area do not require city inspections for these furnace types because there are fewer safety concerns, unlike with gas furnaces.

What does a new AC and furnace Cost in San Antonio, Austin And The Hill Country? (Furnace and AC Unit Installed)

A furnace and AC replacement cost the average homeowner in San Antonio and Austin between $5,200 to $7,750 for the installation of a basic HVAC system. This includes the new AC unit price, new furnace price, and installation of a 14 SEER basic system.

AC TonnageGas System Average CostHeat Pump System Average CostElectric System Average Cost
2 Ton 14 SEER Complete Carrier System$6,200$5,600$5,200
2.5 Ton 14 SEER Complete Carrier System$6,500$5,800$5,300
3 Ton 14 SEER Complete Carrier System$6,900$5,700$5,500
3.5 Ton 14 SEER Complete Carrier System$7,250$5,950$5,800
4 Ton 14 SEER Complete Carrier System$7,350$6,200$6,200
5 Ton 14 SEER Complete Carrier System$7,750$6,700$6,200

What Is Included In The Average AC System / Unit Cost?

An Atlas AC Repair complete Carrier system install includes:
  • Removal & disposal of the current furnace & condenser. 
  • Installation of new furnace & condenser to city code. 
  • Installation of basic thermostat, heat kit elements, disconnect & whip, proper max circuit protection fuses, safety float switches, and locking caps.
  • Reconnection of drain line & proper attachment and sealing of plenum transitions.
  • Line set flush to accommodate new refrigerant. 
  • Complete city permit & city inspection (if needed).
  • 10-year parts warranty & 1-year labor warranty
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12 Things Every Homeowner Should Know Before Buying a New AC

Download the Atlas AC Buyers Guide before you buy a new AC

The HVAC industry still operates like the wild west, and many homeowners are left to fend for themselves. Atlas AC created the AC Buyers Guide to prevent homeowners from being exploited by untrustworthy AC companies.

Use this guide to help you select the best AC Company for your next AC Replacement.

What System type is best for me?

What AC system do you have now?

Gas HVAC system

If you currently have a gas system and need a new AC replacement the most cost-effective solution is going back with a gas system.

If you are thinking about converting to an electric or heat pump AC. The biggest cost increase is going to come from upgrading your electrical for a new AC unit. Gas systems operate using 120v and draw far fewer amps than an electric or heat pump system. Electric and heat pump systems operate using 220v and draw more amps. The HVAC replacement cost increase to upgrade your electrical can range from $1000 to $2000.

Heat Pump HVAC system

If you currently have a heat pump system, you have two cost-effective AC install options. You can go back with an electric or heat pump system without encumbering a high cost.

If you are looking to convert to a gas system, it will greatly increase the installation cost. The reason for the large cost increase is due to the extra installations required. A plumber would need to install black pipe, for the gas, to your furnace. A roofer would be needed to help install the flue pipe for proper ventilation. An electrician needs to convert the voltage from 120v to 220v. All this extra work can double your furnace and AC unit installation cost in San Antonio and Austin.

Electric HVAC system

If you currently have an electric system, you have the option to upgrade to a new heat pump AC unit without a large cost increase in San Antonio and Austin.

If you are looking to upgrade to a gas system, it’s going to cost quite a bit of prep to get your home ready for a gas unit. From running black pipe for the gas to upgrading your electrical to installing a flue pipe. All this extra work can more than double the cost of a new AC unit.

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How long are you planning to live in your home?

Less than 5 years

If you are planning on living in your home for less than 5 years in the San Antonio or Austin area, consider going with a base model electric system or your cheapest option available unless you have solar on your home. A new AC unit generally does not increase the value of your home. A more efficient HVAC unit will not be able to ROI the cost difference in 5 years.

More than 5 years

If you are planning on living in your home for more than 5 years in the San Antonio or Austin area, choose a gas or heat pump AC system. They are more energy-efficient than an electric AC unit and will pay for the increased up-front cost over time.

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Is your house your primary residence or a rental property?

It's my primary residence.

For primary residences in San Antonio and Austin, a new gas or heat pump air conditioner is recommended. They cost a little more than an electric AC unit but for the quality and energy efficiency more than pays for themselves.

It's a rental property.

For rental properties in San Antonio and Austin, an electric air conditioner is recommended. It’s normal to have many different tenants rent from you throughout the years. It only takes a few tenants forgetting to change the filters or otherwise neglecting the AC to greatly reduce the life of the AC system. In this case, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put in a more expensive AC unit.

How well sealed and insulated is your home?

My home is poorly sealed and insulated.

If your home is poorly sealed and insulated, do your best to stay away from a gas furnace. The outdoor air that enters and mixes with your indoor air increases the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. So, it’s generally best to go with a heat pump to eliminate the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. The heat pump’s energy efficiency will also help keep your electric bill lower than an electric system. This is great for areas like San Antonio and Austin.

My home is well sealed and insulated.

If your home is well sealed and insulated, any AC system will work well for you. It might be best to go with a gas or heat pump system to help maintain high energy efficiency for your home. However you can use a gas, heat pump, or an electric system, they will all perform well for you.

Do I have the right AC tonnage size?

Is my AC too small?

  • Owning an undersized AC system is very normal.  When a general contractor builds a new house, they often look for ways to cut costs.  One common practice is to lower the HVAC tonnage and use a smaller AC system than what is recommended.  This forces the AC system to work overtime to cool or heat the home, shortening the overall life of the AC unit and increasing the electricity cost.
  • If your home is less than 20 years old, this is most likely the first time the AC system has needed to be replaced.  Make sure load calculations are done to guarantee you have the right tonnage.
  • The install cost goes up around $100 to $500 for every ½ ton increase.  Your AC company should have the software to quickly check and find out if your AC unit is undersized.  This is normally a free service.

Is my AC too big?

  • This is not as common as undersized systems.  It most commonly happens when an HVAC company overstocks certain system tonnages.  To get rid of the excess inventory, they will start installing improperly sized AC systems.  In such cases, the AC system will reach the set thermostat temperature too fast.   This doesn’t allow the system to run long enough to reduce the humidity in your home or give the time needed for the temperature of each room to even out properly.  Some rooms will end up being warmer or cooler than others.  More is not better when it comes to HVAC tonnage.  Having the right size AC system for your home is very important.
  • There is one upside to having an oversized AC system.  When it comes time to install a new AC system, you can save a few hundred dollars by getting the right size AC unit.

How much does a higher efficiency AC system Cost?

A new central ac unit cost can vary based on with SEER rating you go with. The cost to replace the AC unit and furnace can range from $5,700 to $13,600 based on the SEER you choose in San Antonio and Austin.

System TypeStagesSEER RatingAverage Cost% Cost Increase
Carrier Heat Pump 3 Ton ComfortSingle Stage14 SEER$5,7000%
Carrier Heat Pump 3 Ton ComfortSingle Stage15 SEER$6,2509%
Carrier Heat Pump 3 Ton Performance2 Stage16 SEER$7,70026%
Carrier Heat Pump 3 Ton Infinity5 Speed17.5 SEER$11,80052%
Carrier Heat Pump 3 Ton InfinityVariable Speed22 SEER$13,60058%

What is the Difference In AC stages?

The number of stages you have on your AC unit has a big impact on temperature consistency and humidity.  The more stages you have, the more control you have over the air quality in your home.

Single Stage – Little Control

  • A single-stage AC unit operates at 100%, there is not an in-between.  Because it runs at 100% the runtime is very short.  It runs all out, hits the set temperature quickly, then shuts off.  This is a good thing, right?  Not necessarily.  This creates a couple of problems not seen with multi-stage AC units.
  • Often, what happens with single-stage AC units is there ends up being a big temperature discrepancy throughout your home.  Some rooms can be much warmer or cooler than other rooms.  This happens when the air is not allowed to evenly distribute throughout the home because the air conditioner reaches the set thermostat temperature too fast.
  • There is also a similar problem with humidity.  Single-stage AC systems are not always able to regulate the humidity in your home due to the short-run cycle.  If you have expensive furniture or art, the high humidity levels can damage your valuables.

2 Stage – Some Control

  • A two-stage AC unit has two operating speeds.  The first stage often operates around 65% compacity.  The second stage operates at 100% compacity. When a 2-stage AC cools your home, it starts off with the first stage at 65%.  If the first stage is not able to cool your home, it kicks up to the second stage at 100%.  This gives the 2-stage a longer run time than the single-stage, allowing it to do a much better job removing humidity and evening out the temperature in each room.  This is a good option if you have a 2-story home.

Variable Speed – Total Control

  • 5-speed and variable speed AC units operate at multiple different outputs.  They are designed to run constantly at the lowest speed.  When the lowest speed setting can no longer keep your home at the temperature you set, the AC unit moves to the next higher speed until it hits the set temperature and then steps back down through the stages.  In this way, the unit can control the temperature of your house within 1 degree.  Because it runs for a long time on the lowest stage you can set the humidity desired levels.  These AC systems work great for large homes, homes with high ceilings, and homes with lots of rooms.  These systems will also protect your artwork and expensive furniture while keeping your electric bill low. One thing to keep in mind is AC repair cost are generally higher for variable speed air conditioners.

What Does higher seer save me?

New 14 Seer AC Unit vs New High Seer Air Conditioning Unit.

  • Seer rating has to do with the energy efficiency of the air conditioning or cooling part of your AC unit.  It does not apply to the heating part of your furnace.  Generally speaking, the only Seer option that pays for itself is a 15 Seer AC unit over a 14 Seer AC unit.  Once you factor in the rebate it should ROI around 5 years.  All other Seer options will not ROI, over the 14 Seer option in the San Antonio and Austin area, in the life expectancy of the AC system.

Your Existing AC Unit vs New High Seer Air Conditioning Unit.

  • However, if you compare your existing AC unit to a new higher Seer option, most of the time it will ROI in the expected life of the AC unit.  It all depends on if you are interested in the best short-term value or the best long-term value option.

Other considerations

  • Solar is a big deal in San Antonio and Austin.  If you have solar on your home or are planning on getting solar in the future, it makes sense to go up in Seer rating.  The saving you would get for the reduced number of solar panels and batteries would be worth it.
  • If you are environmentally conscious, it makes sense to go with the higher Seer option.  Higher Seer options help lower your environmental footprint.  There are also high Seer options available that are not included on the chart.

How Much Do AC Unit Add-Ons Cost?

OptionsDescriptionAverage Cost
New Thermostat LineInstall A New T-Stat Line$225
Basic ThermostatInstall A New Basic Honeywell Thermostat$150
Digital ThermostatInstall A New Digital Honeywell Thermostat$399
Nest ThermostatInstall A New Nest Thermostat$420
Condenser PadInstall A New Condenser Pad$134
Line SetInstall A New Line Set For A Single Story Home$574
Line Set (Double)Install A New Line Set For A Double Story Home$688
Line Set CoverInstall A New 10 Foot Long Line Set Cover$70
Drain LineInstall A New 35 Foot Drain Line With Safety Switches$216
+- Surge ProtectorInstall A New Surge Protector$110

How Much Does Better Air Quality Cost?

OptionsDescriptionAverage Cost
2" Media FilterInstall A New Media Filter Cabinet with a 2" Media Filter$172
4" Media FilterInstall A New Media Filter Cabinet with a 4" Media Filter$440
UV LightInstall A New UV Light In The Furnace$287
Duct DisinfectantFlush All Ductwork With Duct Disinfectant$59
Carbon Monoxide DetectorInstall A New Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Detector$95

How Much Does New Duct Work Cost?

OptionsDescriptionAverage Cost
Duct RunPer Duct Run Cost - Remove And Replace An Existing Duct Run$149
Supply PlenumRemove Existing Supply Plenum And Rebuild A New 10' Section Supply Plenum$561
Return PlenumRemove Existing Return Plenum And Rebuild A New 10' Section Return Plenum$476

How Much Does Blown In Attic Insulation Cost?

OptionsDescriptionAverage Cost
R19 Insulation250SQF Blow-In R19 Attic Insulation$185
R30 Insulation250SQF Blow-In R30 Attic Insulation$246

AC Systems We Install

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Our Primary Brand

  • Atlas AC Repair primarily uses Carrier as our flagship AC system for new installation.  The reason we use Carrier as our main brand is that 1) we needed a product that everyone knows and trusts in San Antonio and Austin, and 2) the more volume we run with Carrier the lower our prices become and we are able to pass those savings on to you. Carrier also does a great job covering all spectrums of air conditioning and heating from cost-effective 14 Seer systems to the high-end 22 Seer AC systems.  Carrier can handle any AC and heating solution you are looking for. We hand Carrier San Antonio and Austin, start by giving us a call.
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Secondary Brands We Carry

  • We have great vendor relationships with Trane, Lennox, Goodman, Amana, and Comfortmaker.  These brands also work well for the San Antonio and Austin area.  However, we don’t run as much volume as we do with Carrier.  Since our volume is lower with these brands our cost is about 10% higher than for a Carrier.  So if you are interested in a Trane, Lennox, Goodman, Amana, or Comfortmaker we can definitely take good care of you. We handle Goodman San Antonio, Trane San Antonio, and Lennox San Antonio!
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Atlas AC Repair Service Area

San Antonio

  • Atlas AC Repair is based in north San Antonio, TX.  San Antonio is a great city for many reasons, from the River Walk to all the small communities.  Atlas AC Repair services all of Bexar County from Helotes to Live Oak along with Castle Hills to Alamo Heights down to Hidden Cove to Brooks City Base.  If you’re looking for the cost of a new AC unit or a full AC installation in San Antonio, you came to the right place.  Atlas AC Repair is a proud HVAC San Antonio company providing air conditioning and heating repairs and replacement with 5-star service. You can always count on Atlas AC Repair for any AC replacement and AC repair San Antonio!
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Austin

  • Even though we are based in San Antonio, we have technicians based in Austin TX that allow us to deliver speedy service.  Austin is one of the most famous cities in Texas for good reasons.  From the amazing trails to 6th street, Austin has it all!  Atlas AC Repair not only services Austin but the surrounding areas as well.  From Georgetown and Round Rock to Cedar Park and Pflugerville down to Sunset Valley and Del Valle, we have you covered for all the surrounding areas of Austin.  If you’re searching for how much a new AC unit cost or the cost of a full air conditioning replacement in Austin, you found the right place to get pricing. If you need a quick AC repair Austin, we do that too! We are proud to service Austin and the surrounding areas! 

New Braunfels And San Marcos

  •  New Braunfels and San Marcos are just down the road from our main office in north San Antonio.  We service all of Comal County and Hays County.  If you live in the New Braunfels or San Marcos area and you’re looking for pricing for a new AC unit or the cost of a full air conditioner replacement, you came to the right place. Atlas AC Repair is proud to serve the people of New Braunfels and San Marcos.

Hill Country

  • We have technicians available to serve you in the Hill Country Area.  We service most of the Hill Country area including Boerne, Comfort, and Kerrville.  The Hill Country is one of the most beautiful places in Texas.  If you’re trying to find out the cost of a new air conditioner unit or a full AC replacement in Boerne, Comfort, or Kerrville, you came to the right place.  We are proud to serve the Hill country!
  • Alamo Heights
    Balcones Heights
    Castle Hills
    China Grove
    Converse
    Elmendorf
    Fair Oaks Ranch
    Grey Forest
    Helotes
    Hill Country Village
    Hollywood Park
    Kirby
    Leon Valley
    Live Oak
    Olmos Park
    San Antonio
    Selma
    Shavano Park
    Somerset
    Terrell Hills
    Universal City
    Von Ormy
  • Bulverde 
  • New Braunfels
  • Austin
    Bee Cave
    Cedar Park
    Creedmoor
    Elgin
    Jonestown
    Lago Vista
    Lakeway
    Leander
    Manor
    Mustang Ridge
    Pflugerville
    Rollingwood
    Round Rock
    Sunset Valley
    West Lake Hills
  • Buda
    Dripping Springs
    Hays
    Kyle
    Mountain City
    Wimberley
    Woodcreek
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  • Kerrville

Gillespie County

  • Fredericksburg

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12 Things Every Homeowner Should Know Before Buying a New AC

HVAC technician discussing air conditioning unit diagnosis with homeowner

The HVAC industry still operates like the wild west, and many homeowners are left to fend for themselves. Atlas AC created the AC Buyers Guide to prevent homeowners from being exploited by untrustworthy AC companies.

Use this guide to help you select the best AC Company for your next AC Replacement.

Brands we service

We service all air conditioner brands and install these leading brands in San Antonio, Austin, and the Hill Country.

Additional home Air Conditioner pricing

A home AC unit cost can cost between $3,300 to $4,100 depending on size of your air conditioner. 2 ton AC unit cost from $3,300 to $3,500. A 2.5 ton ac unit cost from $3,300 to $3,600. A 3 ton AC unit cost from $3,400 to $3,700.  A 3.5 ton AC unit cost from $3,500 to $3,800. 4 ton AC unit cost from $3,700 to $3,900. 5 ton AC unit cost from $3,800 to $4,100.