How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to purchase a new air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody wants to worry about budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Livermore homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, realize that the price of a new AC varies based on multiple factors. The first is your living situation and the other residents in your home. Are there health issues that will involve a special type of air cleaning equipment? Do the family members in the home have a sensitivity to the cold or heat, or a condition (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a particular temperature or humidity level? What recreation takes place within the house? All of these things will help decide which air conditioning system is ideal for your.

The following variable to take into consideration is your home itself. What is the number of windows within your home and which direction do they face? What type of insulation is installed in the home and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the residence require (or do you desire) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we will go out and assess your current set-up to go over the options available depending on your home’s construction and unique traits.

The third variable to think about is which business to call. Though one contractor may have the air conditioner you want at a price point you like, be careful and find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured in the event that something occurs at your residence. If a technician were to get hurt and the business was not insured, it’s likely you would be liable. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we are not only bonded, licensed, and insured, but all of our workers go through a thorough background check, drug test, and are qualified to work on all major brands of air conditioning systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable in the work we deliver.

Alright, alright, you’ve considered all this but let’s answer the real question. How much is this going to cost?

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


Ranch House or Smaller Residence

Up to 2000 ft2 and usually a single story

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

Using approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Average Suburban Residence

Up to 3500 square feet and typically one to three stories

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

With approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury Home

Larger than 3500 ft2 and various stories

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

Using approved financing: $250+ per month

Estimated pricing could change depending on regional climate, personal routines, system settings, air conditioning maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The whole process can be a little overwhelming but Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is available around the clock to review all your options and decide on the ideal A/C equipment for your home. The budget can be a little discouraging, but with our multiple financing options your new air conditioner could be yours as soon as possible!

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