How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The time has come when you have to replace your A/C system. Nobody hopes for this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of San Antonio homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, realize that the cost of a new AC varies based on many factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other residents in your home. Are there health issues that will call for a special type of air filtration system? Do the residents in the home have a sensitivity to the cold or heat, or an affliction (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would demand that the home stay at a particular temperature or humidity level? What recreation takes place inside the residence? All of these things will help direct you to which A/C system is best for your.

The second variable to assess is your home itself. What is the number of windows within your home and which way do they face? What level of insulation is presently in the house and how efficient is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you prefer) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, we will go out and evaluate your home to provide the systems available depending on your home’s design and unique characteristics.

The additional thing to think about is which company to call. Though one contractor may have the air conditioner you want at a cost you like, take caution and find out if they are bonded, licensed, and confirm they are insured in the event that something should happen at your residence. If a tech were to get injured and the company was not insured, it’s possible you would be held responsible. At Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, not only are we insured, licensed, and bonded, but all of our workers go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all leading brands of A/C systems. We also provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we do.

Alright, alright, you’ve researched all this but let’s get to 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 estimates.


Ranch-Style or Smaller Residence

Less than 2000 ft2 and usually only one story

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

Including approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Average Suburban Residence

Up to 3500 square feet and commonly between one and three stories

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

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 monthly


Luxury Home

More than 3500 sq. ft. and various stories

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

Using approved financing: $250+ per month

Potentia pricing can vary depending on where you live, personal routines, equipment settings, equipment maintenance, and installation of system and duct system.


The entire process can be somewhat overwhelming but Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air is available day and night to review all your options and determine the ideal air conditioner for your home. The price can be a little discouraging, but with our multiple financing options your new system could be yours before you know it!