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 enjoys this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Livermore homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, realize that the cost of a new A/C system varies based on multiple factors. The first is your lifestyle and the people living in your home. Are there health issues that will involve a special type of air cleaning system? Do the family members in the home have a sensitivity to the heat or cold, or a disorder (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a set temperature or humidity level? What recreation takes place inside the house? All of these things will help decide which air conditioner is ideal for your family.

The following variable to take into consideration is the 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 how efficient 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 evaluate your current set-up to go over the choices available based on your home’s construction and unique characteristics.

The third variable to think about is which business to call. Though one company may have the air conditioner you want at a budget you like, take caution 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 contractor were to get hurt and the company was not insured, it’s likely you would be held accountable. 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 trained to work on all top brands of air conditioners. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable in the work we deliver.

Alright, alright, you’ve thought about 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 price, below are a few ranges.


Ranch House or Smaller House

No bigger than 2000 ft2 and usually one story

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

With approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Typical Suburban Residence

Up to 3500 sq. ft. and usually one to three stories

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

Using approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury House

Larger than 3500 ft2 and various stories

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

Using approved financing: $250+ per month

Potentia pricing could change depending on regional climate, personal lifestyle, 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 24/7 to help walk you through all your options and decide on the right 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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