How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to get a new air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Tempe homeownership. So where on earth should you begin?

First, understand that the cost of a new A/C system varies based on many factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other people residing in your home. Are there health issues that will necessitate a particular type of air filtration system? Do the residents in the home have a sensitivity to the cold or heat, or a disorder (like 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. How many windows do you have and where do they face? What level of insulation is presently in the home and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you want) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Bob Brown Service Experts, we will go out and assess your house to go over the options available based on your home’s design and unique characteristics.

The other variable to consider is which contractor to use. Though one contractor may have the air conditioner you want at a price point 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 technician were to get injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s possible you would be held accountable. At Bob Brown 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 skilled to work on all top brands of air conditioning systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we provide.

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

While all the factors 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 usually one story

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

With approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Common Suburban House

Less than 3500 square feet and commonly 1-3 stories

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

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 monthly


Luxury Residence

Larger than 3500 ft2 and various stories

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

Using approved financing: $250+/month

Approximate pricing may change depending on regional climate, personal habits, equipment 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 around the clock to review all your options and decide on the best A/C equipment for your home. The cost can be a little scary, but with our great financing options your new system could be yours today!

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