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Will putting in central air conditioning (estimates in range of $20k) "worth" it in terms of resale?

We live in northern Massachusetts one block from the ocean and probably use our window air conditioners 5-7 days/year.  We got estimates for central air in the $20k range because a real estate agent told us it would "pay for itself" when we sell the house (in about 5 years).  True?
  • February 20 2009 - Beverly
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Hi - you should probably get more estimates. 
  • February 23 2009
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you have been exaggerated to, its a nicer way of saying lied to.
  • February 23 2009
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Several points: 

$20 k for a central air unit is a ridiculous price if you already have forced air central heat.    It should be <$5k. 

In 5 years, the system will not pay for itself.  

Central air is not really needed in an area where air conditioning is used 5 to 7 days a year. 
  • February 21 2009
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If you put in a system, make sure you put in the highest SEER unit they offer.  If you go with a 13 SEER, which is the least efficeint made, it'll be worthless 5 years from now, to a buyer who is concerned about utility costs.  If you do go with a high SEER, make sure you use one that runs on R-410A.  Also check into a dual fuel sysyem.  R-22 is being phased out, that is why they are cheaper.  I do live in AZ and have four AC systems in my house and garage.   

  • February 21 2009
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probably not. If you were in Phoenix, heck yes it would be worth it, for your sanity if nothing else. I'll bet if I was there, I wouldn't use the AC ever, as it doesn't feel hot to me till 90+ anyways!
  • February 21 2009
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