How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to replace your air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Tempe homeownership. So where on earth should you begin?

First, understand that the price of a new A/C system varies based on several factors. The first is your living situation and the other people residing in your home. Are there health issues that will necessitate a particular type of air filtration system? Do the people living in the home have an issue with the cold or heat, or a condition (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a particular temperature or humidity level? What activities take place inside the residence? These factors will help decide which A/C system is right for your home.

The following thing to consider is the home itself. What is the number of windows within your home and where do they face? How much insulation is presently in the home and how efficient is the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you want) electric, solar-power, gas, etc? At Bob Brown Service Experts, we will go out and evaluate your home to go over the options available depending on your home’s design and unique characteristics.

The other variable to think about is which contractor to use. Though one contractor may have the air conditioner you want at a budget you like, make sure you find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured just in case something should happen at your residence. If a contractor were to get hurt and the contractor was not insured, it’s possible you would be liable. At Bob Brown 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 skilled to work on all top brands of air conditioners. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we provide.

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

While all the variables above will go into giving you a final cost, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch-Style or Smaller Home

No bigger than 2000 ft2 and typically a single story

Approximate cost of an A/C system: $6,000 - $15,000

With approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Common Suburban House

Less than 3500 sq. ft. and commonly one to three stories

Averagecost of an air conditioner: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 monthly


Luxury Residence

Larger than 3500 ft2 and any number of stories

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

With approved financing: $250+/month

Approximate pricing can change depending on regional climate, personal habits, system settings, system maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The whole process can be a tad overwhelming but Bob Brown Service Experts is available 24/7 to help walk you through all your options and decide on the best A/C equipment for your home. The cost can be a little scary, but with our wonderful financing options your new A/C could be yours today!

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