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How Much Should an Air Conditioning Installation Cost?

Posted by Bodie Czeladka on

If you’re considering a split system air conditioner installation in Perth, it’s likely that you’re carrying out a great deal of research on your options. One of the primary sources of concern for any homeowner or property manager in this position is the affordability of the installation. Like any industry, there are good and bad HVAC installation companies, and the pricing structure can vary a great deal. So, how do you know if your air conditioning installation quote is a fair one? 


Average Air Conditioning Installlation Prices


The average cost to install an air conditioning system in your home is $5,000. It’s difficult to give an exact cost because every home can have a different size and layout. The price can vary due to the type of air conditioning system you choose and how many windows you have. A typical hourly rate for a split system installation is $80, and if the job is more complicated and it takes more time, the labour costs will be higher. However, if you take these figures as a general benchmark, it will be easier to spot a quote that’s too high or even too low. Many electricians are paid by the hour, but there are some HVAC companies that charge a flat fee based on the AC unit brand, the wattage of the system and certain other services that may be added to the original job later. It may be tempting to save money and go for a bargain basement installation, but these are typically low quality, and a poor installation will lead to a lot of problems later on. 


The Importance of Professional Work


There are many types of AC systems available, and many people with DIY skills believe that they can easily install them to save money on installation costs. However, air conditioning is a very specialised area, and it’s safer to use a professional HVAC technician. As we briefly mentioned above, a poorly installed air conditioning system will be less effective, and it may be less energy efficient. The losses in cooling performance and the higher energy bills are unlikely to make up for the money “saved” by installing the system yourself. Here in Australia, we are required to hire a licensed professional to install an air conditioning system, and ignoring this requirement could lead to legal problems.


6 Questions to Ask Before You Agree


Before you hire an HVAC professional to install, service, or repair your air conditioning equipment, there are six key questions that you need to ask.


  1. Do they have adequate insurance cover?
  2. Do they have a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Licence?
  3. What services can they provide?
  4. Is a permit required for the air conditioner?
  5. How many tradies will be working in the home?
  6. What is included in the service fees?

Heating and cooling equipment represents a significant investment in your indoor comfort. In order to protect that investment, it makes sense to hire a suitable professional that can carry out excellent work.


If you’re looking for a high quality air conditioning installation in Perth, contact Air Spares for a no obligation quote today.


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