When buying a new air conditioner, it is important to remember that you need to take into account not just the price of the air conditioning unit or system itself, but also the installation costs.
So how much will it cost to install an air conditioner in Melbourne?
Air conditioning installation costs range from $600 to $5400, depending on the type of air conditioning system or unit and how complex the install will be. Smaller split systems may cost around $700 to $850, while larger split systems or ducted systems can go anywhere from $2400 and above.
This cost is for installation labour only, and is separate from the purchase price of the unit.
Several factors affect the final cost of installation, including:
- Type and size of the air conditioning unit being installed
- How much ducting, piping, cabling and other items are used
- How easy it is to access the part of the house it will be placed
- Your home’s electrical infrastructure, and whether you need to upgrade the meter board, install safety switches, etc.
Generally speaking, the prices to install a wall hung split system air conditioner are $700- $800 for a 2.5kw to 3.5kw inverter system, $800-$1000 for a 5kw to 9kw inverter system
What size air conditioner do you need?
There are a few factors to consider when deciding on the air conditioner capacity or size that you need, including:
a) The size of your home or space
- A small room of 20 sqm and less: 2 to 2.5kw
- A medium sized room of about 20-40sqm: 2.5-5kw
- A large room of 40-60sqm: 4-6kw
The larger the area, the larger the unit capacity you will need. A typical guide:
b) Ceiling height
Spaces with high ceilings may need a higher capacity air conditioner to generate enough cool air for the room.
As windows can cause up to 40 percent of heat loss in a house, you need to consider the number, size and orientation of windows in the room when choosing your air conditioner.
For other considerations in choosing the size of your air conditioner, please read our guide to air conditioner sizes.
Who can install the split system?
The split system installation must be performed by a licensed technician.
According to the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC), all installers and technicians are required to hold either a full Refrigeration & Air Conditioning licence or a restricted licence that lets them only install split system air conditioners.
This means you can get the installation done by a plumber, electrician or specialist air con installer, as long as they are licensed to handle refrigerants.
Total Electrics & Air-Conditioning has been in the air conditioning and air conditioner installation industry for more than 11 years, and we specialise in providing the best quality air conditioning installation in Melbourne.
We provide a full measure up of your premises to ensure you get the right unit, clean and efficient installations, and direct communication throughout the project. All work is guaranteed for 5 years, and JSA is completed on site for every job.
Use our installation calculator for a quick quote, or give us a call if you have any questions.