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 conditioner. Nobody hopes for this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Austin homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, know that the price of a new air conditioner varies based on multiple factors. The first is your living situation and the other residents in your home. Are there health conditions that will call for a particular type of air cleaning system? Do the residents in the home have any problems with the cold or heat, or a condition (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would demand that the home stay at a particular temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place in the house? The above details will help decide which A/C system is ideal for your home.

The second factor to examine is the actual home. What is the number of windows within your home and where do they face? What level of insulation is installed in the home and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you prefer) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At Strand Brothers Service Experts, we will come out and analyze your house to go over the choices available considering your home’s design and unique traits.

The third variable to take into consideration is which business to choose. Though one contractor may have the equipment you want at a cost you like, be careful and find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured in case something happens at your home. If a technician were to get hurt and the contractor was not insured, it’s probable you would be liable. At Strand Brothers Service Experts, we are not only bonded, licensed, and insured, but all of our workers go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are trained to work on all major brands of air conditioning systems. We also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we provide.

Okay, okay, you’ve thought about all this but let’s ask the real question. What is this going to cost?

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


Ranch or Smaller Residence

Less than 2000 sq. ft. and typically a single story

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

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Average Suburban Home

No bigger than 3500 ft2 and typically 1-3 stories

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

Using approved financing: $100 - $500 monthly


Luxury Home

Over 3500 square feet and any number of stories

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

Using approved financing: $250+ per month

Estimated pricing may fluctuate depending on regional climate, personal habits, system settings, system maintenance, and installation of system and duct system.


The full process can be somewhat overwhelming but Strand Brothers Service Experts is available 24/7 to review all your options and decide on the right A/C equipment for your home. The price can be a little daunting, but with our great financing options your new A/C could be yours before you know it!

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