Cost of Air Conditioner Installation

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On average, air conditioner companies and specialists in Australia charge $80/hr for a standard AC installation job. However, prices can vary depending on a lot of factors including the size and complexity of the installation. This means that the cost to install an air conditioner can range from a budget rate of $70/hr to a premium rate of $88/hr.

Take note that these hourly rates typically only include labour and not the cost of the air conditioner or other materials needed for the job.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Air Conditioning Installers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.
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Air conditioning and heating prices from real customers

Peter from Vic: Brivis Split System AC Installation
Job details: Installation of new Brivis 3.2 kWh split system air conditioner; commercial job
Other details: Existing hoses and wiring need to be changed as well; job also includes testing
Sandra from WA: Split System Maintenance
Job details: Servicing of two split system air conditioning units installed on the roof; residential job
Kevin from Vic: Split System AC Unit Replacement
Job details: Replacement of 7kW KSR24E Kelvinator that uses R22 with a used 7kW LG split system AC that uses R410
Other details: Distance from unit to condenser is approximately three to four metres

Michelle from Vic: Heater Installation
Job details: Replace old gas ducted heating system; supply and install a new one with a 5-star rating
Other details: The place is a two-bedroom unit, and heating unit is outdoors.
TOTAL COST: $2,430

Why rates go up or down

Tradies usually charge hourly rates for air conditioner installation, but the exact costs will differ depending on several factors. One such factor is the type of air conditioning unit to be installed. The most common types are split, ducted, and window or wall-mounted.

Installing a split system air conditioner is usually more expensive compared to installing a portable unit. Apart from size, the complexity of the installation determines the amount of work and time needed to complete the job well. To sum up, a tradie often considers the following factors when computing the final cost of their service:

  • Type and size of the aircon
  • How much refrigeration piping and interconnecting cables were used
  • How much cable ducting was needed
  • Metre board upgrades used (if any)
  • Difficulty of access
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Cost of air conditioner installation

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No two states have the same average cost

Clients requiring AC installation in Victoria have a good reason to celebrate as tradies in the state charge only $76.92/hr on average. This is the lowest rate for this particular service across Australia.

Queensland customers, on the other hand, can expect to pay around $77.66/hr. Although a little higher than the average rates in Victoria, it is still considerably more affordable compared to the average rates of $83.09/hr in New South Wales and $80.51/hr in Western Australia.

At $89.80/hr, South Australia has the highest air conditioner installation cost across the board. Tasmania residents pay the second highest fees at $84/hr, which is only slightly higher than the $83.75/hr rate in the Australian Capital Territory.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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