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 alas, ‘tis part of Charleston homeownership. So where to begin?

First, understand that the investment of a new A/C system differs based on many factors. The first is your living situation and the other residents in your home. Are there health problems that will involve a special type of air cleaning equipment? Do the residents in the home have an issue with the heat or cold, or an affliction (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a pre-determined temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place within the home? The above details will help choose which air conditioning system is right for your home.

The second factor to take into consideration is your home itself. What is the number of windows within your home and which direction do they face? What type of insulation is currently in the home and how efficient is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you want) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Pardee Service Experts, we will go out and evaluate your current set-up to help determine the options available considering your home’s structure and unique features.

The other thing to consider is which company to use. Though one contractor may have the system you want at a budget you like, make sure you find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured in the event that something should happen at your home. If a tech were to get injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s probable you would be held accountable. At Pardee 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 skilled to work on all leading brands of A/C systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we provide.

Alright, alright, you’ve thought about all this but let’s answer the real question. What is this going to cost?

While all the details above will go into giving you a final price, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch House or Smaller House

No bigger than 2000 sq. ft. and commonly one story

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

Including approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Common Suburban House

Up to 3500 sq. ft. and usually 1-3 stories

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

Using approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury Home

Over 3500 square feet and any number of stories

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

Using approved financing: $250+ monthly

Potentia pricing may fluctuate depending on where you live, personal habits, system settings, system maintenance, and installation of equipment and duct system.


The entire process can be a little overwhelming but Pardee Service Experts is available around the clock to review all your options and determine the best air conditioning system for your home. The price can be a little off-putting, but with our wonderful financing options your new A/C could be yours as soon as possible!

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