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 looks forward to this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Gaithersburg homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, know that the investment of a new air conditioner differs based on several factors. The first is your routine and the other people residing in your home. Are there health ailments that will involve a particular type of air cleaning equipment? Do the family members in the home have an issue with warmth or coolness, or a disorder (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a set temperature or humidity level? What activities take place in the residence? All of these things will help decide which air conditioner is best for your home.

The following thing to examine is the home itself. What is the number of windows within your home and which direction do they face? What level of insulation is installed in the house and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you desire) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Parker Pearce Service Experts, we will pay you a visit and evaluate your current set-up to go over the choices available depending on your home’s design and unique characteristics.

The third variable to take into consideration is which contractor to use. Though one business may have the system you want at a cost you like, take caution and find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured in case something should happen at your residence. If a technician were to get hurt and the business was not insured, it’s probable you would be held accountable. At Parker Pearce Service Experts, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our team go through a detailed background check, drug test, and are qualified to work on all leading brands of A/C systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable 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 factors above will go into deciding a final cost, below are a few estimates.


Ranch-Style or Smaller Residence

Up to 2000 square feet and commonly one story

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

With approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Typical Suburban Home

Less than 3500 ft2 and typically 1-3 stories

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

Using approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury Home

More than 3500 ft2 and various stories

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

Using approved financing: $250+ monthly

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


The whole process can be a tad overwhelming but Parker Pearce Service Experts is available day and night to help walk you through all your options and choose the ideal air conditioner for your home. The budget can be a little discouraging, but with our multiple financing options your new A/C could be yours before you know it!

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