How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

It’s official; you have to replace your air conditioner. Nobody hopes for this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Tempe homeownership. So where on earth should you begin?

First, realize that the price of a new air conditioner varies based on several factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other people residing in your home. Are there health issues that will require a particular type of air cleaning equipment? Do the people living in the home have an issue with warmth or coolness, or a condition (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would demand that the home stay at a specific temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place inside the home? All of these things will help direct you to which air conditioner is best for your.

The following thing to assess is the home itself. How many windows do you have and which direction do they face? How much insulation is installed in the home and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you prefer) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Orangutan Home Services, we will go out and analyze your current set-up to provide the systems available considering your home’s structure and unique characteristics.

The third factor to consider is which contractor to choose. Though one company 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 case something happens at your residence. If a tech were to become injured and the company was not insured, it’s likely you would be held responsible. At Orangutan Home Services, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our team go through a detailed background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all leading brands of air conditioning systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we provide.

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

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


Ranch-Style or Smaller House

No bigger than 2000 square feet and commonly only one story

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

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 monthly


Typical Suburban Residence

No bigger than 3500 square feet and commonly 1-3 stories

Approximatecost of an air conditioning system: $8,000 - $25,000

Using approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury House

Over 3500 sq. ft. and any number of stories

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

With approved financing: $250+ per month

Approximate pricing can change depending on where you live, personal habits, AC settings, equipment maintenance, and installation of system and duct system.


The full process can be a little overwhelming but Orangutan Home Services is available around the clock to discuss all your options and determine the right air conditioning system for your home. The price can be a little off-putting, but with our great financing options your new system could be yours as soon as possible!

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