Tired of sticky sweaty summers? Considering the installation of an air conditioner? Here is a guide for you to navigate what installing an air conditioner will cost you.
Air Cons can be expensive but split systems are usually moderately priced. Moreover, a reverse-cycle split system can last you both winters and summers using energy-efficient ways to heat and cool down your home.
Let's look at the cost of air conditioning installation and service, the best places to install your air con, and what replacing your old unit may look like.
Air Conditioner Costs in Australia
Australian homes typically go for a split system air conditioner. This model includes an indoor and outdoor united connected via pipes. The upfront installation cost for portable split systems can be a little more high-end compared to other models, but these perform the best in the long run, making them worth it.
Split air conditioners usually fall within the price range of $600 to $5500. However, you can expect additional installation fees. The price of the unit usually varies depending on:
Capacity and size of the air con
Smart features like sensors, WiFi, and app configuration
On-season prices may be higher compared to off-season
Air conditioner Installation Costs
The best air conditioning installers can charge from $600 to $750 but it's always best to know what to look for before committing.
When choosing an installer, address the following:
Dedicated ducted air conditioning installers
Licensed plumbers who can install, maintain and repair piping
Licensed electricians who can install the master control panels and any necessary wiring
Moreover, installation costs can also vary based on:
The size of your house
The number of units being installed
Existing electrical issues
How complex it will be to install new units
Zwecks offer qualified air conditioner installers with years of experience.
Air Conditioning Install - Select a Service
Zwecks Standard single-storey back-to-back installation includes:
Installation of the air conditioner by a Licensed Installers
Installation of a split system air conditioner unit
Compliance certificate (mandatory in VIC and ACT)
Up to 2.5 metres of pipework connecting the indoor head unit and outdoor compressor unit
Up to 20 metres of internal roof cable run and connect to an existing and available circuit. Please check the switchboard for capacity and availability. Does not include additional electrical work, such as adding a new circuit.
PVC ducting to conceal pipework and electrical connections
RCD and Weatherproof safety isolation switch mounted near outdoor unit
Please Note: All additional costs are based on individual requirements. Prices include GST.
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How powerful does my Air Conditioner need to be?
The space for which you’re purchasing the unit and the dimensions of the room can determine how powerful your air con needs to be. Air conditioners are measured in kW, or kilowatts.
So, that's the ballpark guide, but you really need to do an accurate calculation before buying your air-con, or else you'll run into these issues:
Models that are too powerful for the room size may run frequent short cycles to achieve the target temperature. This can result in the room getting too cold or hot, inadequate dehumidification (i.e. not drying the air enough, making the room feel less comfortable), increased power consumption and running costs, and wear and tear on the system.
Underpowered models may have to run more often at maximum output, which could dry the air too much and create excessive wear.
Frequently Asked Questions
Air Conditioner Installations
1. What is a split system air conditioner?
Split system air conditioners are more effective at cooling a home than large air conditioners. A split system air conditioner consists of 2 parts: an indoor unit and an outdoor unit connected by ducts holding refrigerant gas. The system works together to cool large rooms or multiple rooms. Airconditioning split system installation needs to be done by a professional technician so make sure to factor installation costs into your budget.
2. What is a Reverse cycle Air conditioner?
Most split systems have reverse` cycle capability. The reverse cycle refers to the ability to both cool and heat. In cooling mode, a split system removes heat from the inside and transfers it outside using refrigerant gas stored in the pipes that connect the indoor and outdoor units. In heating mode, the reverse occurs: heat is taken from outside and transferred indoors.
While reverse-cycle systems can be one of the cheapest ways to heat your home during winter, if you already have another heating system in place or only experience mild winters, you may want to purchase a cooling-only aircon instead, which will cost you less.
3. What size air conditioner do I need?
Here's our rough guide to the air conditioner capacity (size) you'll need for a particular room size (in square metres).