How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to replace your air conditioner. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Albany homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, know that the cost of a new air conditioner varies based on many factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other people residing in your home. Are there health issues that will call for a specific type of air filtration equipment? Do the people living in the home have any problems with the heat or cold, or an affliction (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a set temperature or humidity level? What activities take place in the residence? All of these things will help direct you to which A/C system is right for your family.

The second thing to examine is the actual home. Do you have a lot of windows and which direction do they face? How much insulation is currently in the residence and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you desire) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At Roland J. Down Service Experts , we will come out and assess your current set-up to help determine the options available depending on your home’s structure and unique features.

The third thing to think about is which company to choose. Though one business may have the equipment you want at a budget you like, be thorough and find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured just in case something should happen at your residence. If a contractor were to get injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s likely you would be held accountable. At Roland J. Down Service Experts , not only are we insured, licensed, and bonded, but all of our team go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all major brands of air conditioners. We also provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we deliver.

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

While all the factors above will go into determining a final price, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch or Smaller Residence

No bigger than 2000 ft2 and usually one story

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

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Average Suburban Residence

Up to 3500 ft2 and commonly one to three stories

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

Using approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury House

More than 3500 square feet and any number of stories

Estimated cost of an A/C system: $18,000 - $60,000+

With approved financing: $250+ per month

Potentia pricing can vary depending on geographic location, personal lifestyle, equipment settings, air conditioning maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The whole process can be a tad overwhelming but Roland J. Down Service Experts is available day and night to review all your options and decide on the right air conditioning system for your home. The budget can be a little discouraging, but with our wonderful financing options your new system could be yours before you know it!

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