How Much Extra Would You Pay on Top of an Air Con for Installation?

I'm buying an air con for my tenants.

It'll just be a reverse cycle air con in the master bedroom. The compressor should just go in the balcony.

This is MS paint diagram (https://imgur.com/a/RQNiU32) in ozbargain fashion.

The quote I got was about $3.2k - however the model they wanted to supply is this

Daikin ALRIA - FTXM25UVMA / RXM25UVMA - 2.5kw cool / 3.2kw heat (Rated Capacity) R32 Refrigerant - Energy Rating (EER/COP) = 5.10 Cool / 5 Heat

From a very cursory search, the machine is worth about $1k (https://www.ebay.com.au/p/1268213892?iid=183937916795&chn=ps...)

I have no idea about air cons but does $2.2k for installation seem excessive or is that normal? Should I get a second quote?

This is the statement of work

  • Supply and installation of new wall mounted reverse cycle split system in Master bedroom.
  • Indoor unit will be mounted on internal wall, next to balcony window , blowing towards ensuite entry.
  • Outdoor condenser will be installed back to back at ground level on plastic feet. on balcony.
  • Install new refrigeration pipework with allowance for up to a maximum of 3m of pipework.
  • Install new single phase electrical circuit with dedicated power supply from existing switchboard with a weatherproof isolation switch mounted adjacent to condenser. * Externally ran pipework will be concealed in plastic pipe cover.
  • Drain to be gravity fed and run to ground outside.

Comments

  • +4 votes

    I think the going rate is around $600 for the install/gasfitting, plus whatever is needed for electrical.
    So your quote seems very high to me.
    Maybe ou should seek an additional quote?

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      i think you're right. I was thinking maybe it was some sort of odd set up. But it's basically a back to back installation.

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      gas fitting? The outdoor is charged with enough gas for most installs.

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        I mean the service of hooking up the pipes, as opposed to the electrical (if needed) that will vary if it needs a separate circuit run from the meter or other electrical upgrades.

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      This figure is right on.

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      if you get them to install 5 air cons at the same time would that be cheaper than installing 1 at a time?

  • +2 votes

    $700 to $750

    Try Bunnings for supply and install

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    Get 3-5 quotes and find the largest installer in your area - not just small guys inflating prices to survive.

    • +6 votes

      5 quotes are just wasting peoples time.

      Get 2-3 and if they are all around the 'same' then thats the price. If they are all over the place, then get more. But getting 5 people all telling you the same price is just wasting tradies time which mean they charge more.

    • +1 vote

      Some of the big guys rely on marketing etc to make you think they are the cheapest when they aren’t. They also have significant Overheads to cover that the little guys don’t have. The big companies often also have sub contractors that may not be good enough to go it alone or just out of school.

      The little guys can be cheaper - no flashy marketing, showroom or ‘team’ to pay for. If you can find one that does work by word of mouth they’ll often do a more thorough job than the big guys that are on a schedule and have to get it done quick to get to the next job.

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        Definitely agree. A good example would be Coldflow. They mostly sub contract the job, and obviously charge you an admin fee on top.

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    $450-$550 trade price

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    I reckon offer them $50 when they turn up and see what they say…

    • +4 votes

      I'm not a mind reader (as I need to constantly inform the mrs), but I reckon I know what they would say

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    Should I get a second quote?

    ALWAYS

    installation seem excessive or is that normal?

    You said balcony, is this in an apartment block? If so there will be an 'apartment tax' on the job, as they are a PIA to deal with normally.

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    $500 - $600 for a licensed installation, you will need it licensed for warranty purposes too so don't do cashies lol

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    I normally pay around the $600 mark, for licenced back to back install with slab.

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      what do you normally do? Do you buy the air con and then get someone to install it, or buy it in a package + install deal?

      • +1 vote

        I buy the aircon myself. Try and double up the promo if you can, for example, Fujitsu free money + bing lee 20% ebay sale, or something similar.

        I then organise the installer myself, but bing lee also offer an installer, around $650+ gst.

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          ah ok, i was thinking of doing that but i don't know enough about the air con and i'm scared if i buy it, it won't be compatible with the room i want to build it in.

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          do you have any installers you'd recommend? in Melbourne area

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    Id wait till the weather cools, and don’t mention that you know nothing about aircon, sounds like the person that quoted has a heap of work on and can afford to throw out a big quote and see if he can snag you.

  • +1 vote

    Similar to others its about $500 to $700, depending on the difficulty (or how far away) the compressor is from the aircon. In saying that, to me it sounds excessive, my guess is cashing in on the time of year, plus area increase price.

    I stayed in a country area with family during the summer break and they paid $1.5K for installation AND the 2.5kw reverse cycle airconditioner. I imagine the air conditioner wouldn't be as good, but dayumn thats quite the difference to $3.2K considering its not in the middle of summer.

    Also should just ask them straight out how much installation of an airconditioner you bought yourself would be, might be cheaper that way.

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      @trustnoone

      usually whats the price difference installing an aircon in winter vs summer?

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    anyone know any good installers in Melbourne Western Suburbs? Thanks in advance

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    So I've been looking at upgrading a 10-15 yr old unit.
    The only estimates I've seen are what people have been saying 5-600ish. Assuming its all in the same location the holes are already drilled through the wall, the circuit is already wired up, the mounts for the compressor etc.
    I feel like it should be a lot cheaper for a unit upgrade. Does anyone have experience in this

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    $500-800 is norm. Always get a quote, not an estimate.

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    I paid $750 each for the installation of two LG 7.1kW/8.0kW rated air conditioners.
    Install location: Melbourne Metro.

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