How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The time has come when you have to get a new air conditioner. 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, know that the price of a new AC fluctuates based on multiple factors. The first is your routine and the people living in your home. Are there health conditions that will require a particular type of air filtration system? Do the residents in the home have an issue with the cold or heat, or a disorder (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a specific temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place within the home? These factors will help direct you to which air conditioning system is right for your family.

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

The additional thing to consider is which contractor to call. Though one contractor 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 the event that something should occur at your house. If a technician were to become injured and the company was not insured, it’s possible you would be held accountable. At Fras-Air/General Service Experts, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our employees go through a thorough background check, drug test, and are qualified to work on all major brands of A/C systems. We also provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable in the work we do.

So, you’ve thought about all this but let’s answer the real question. What is this going to set you back?

While all the details above will go into deciding a final cost, below are a few estimates.


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

Using approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Typical Suburban Residence

Up to 3500 square feet and commonly between one and three stories

Averagecost of an A/C system: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury Residence

Over 3500 square feet and varied amount of stories

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

Including approved financing: $250+ per month

Estimated pricing may vary depending on geographic location, personal lifestyle, system settings, air conditioning maintenance, and installation of equipment and duct system.


The full process can be a tad overwhelming but Fras-Air/General Service Experts is available 24/7 to discuss all your options and determine the best air conditioning system for your home. The budget can be a little off-putting, but with our wonderful financing options your new air conditioner could be yours before you know it!

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