How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

It’s official; you have to replace your air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Hillsborough homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, understand that the cost of a new AC fluctuates based on multiple factors. The first is your routine and the other residents in your home. Are there health conditions that will require a particular type of air filtration system? Do the people living in the home have a sensitivity to the cold or heat, or a disorder (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a specific temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place within the home? All of these things will help choose which air conditioning system is right for your.

The second thing to examine is the actual home. How many windows do you have and which way do they face? What type of insulation is installed in the home and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you prefer) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At Fras-Air/General Service Experts, we will come out and assess your current set-up to go over the choices available based on your home’s construction and unique characteristics.

The additional factor to consider is which company to call. Though one company may have the system you want at a budget you like, make sure you find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured in case something should occur at your home. If a contractor were to become injured and the company was not insured, it’s possible you would be held accountable. At Fras-Air/General Service Experts, we are not only bonded, licensed, and insured, but all of our team go through a thorough background check, drug test, and are trained to work on all top brands of A/C systems. We also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable in the work we do.

So, you’ve considered all this but let’s answer the real question. How much is this going to set you back?

While all the details above will go into deciding a final price, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch-Style or Smaller Home

Less than 2000 square feet and commonly only one story

Approximate cost of an air conditioner: $6,000 - $15,000

With approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Typical Suburban Residence

No bigger than 3500 square feet and commonly between one and three stories

Averagecost of an air conditioning system: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury Residence

More than 3500 square feet and varied amount of stories

Estimated cost of an air conditioning system: $18,000 - $60,000+

Including approved financing: $250+/month

Potentia pricing can fluctuate depending on where you live, personal routines, system settings, air conditioning maintenance, and installation of system and duct system.


The full process can be a tad overwhelming but Fras-Air/General Service Experts is available around the clock to discuss all your options and determine the best air conditioner for your home. The budget can be a little daunting, but with our wonderful financing options your new air conditioner could be yours today!

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