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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

Does anyone know approximately how much installation of a split system airconditioning is? We're renting, but completely willing to pay for a (relatively cheap) unit and installation to make our time here more comfortable (we expect to be here for a few years) and obviously leave it here when we go.

I was looking at this unit: Aircon

#2 Kavity1

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

DH installs, $600 for a basic back to back install extra if you need power run to it. It gets more expensive if the outside unit is further away from the inside one original.gif.

Very basic rough figure (in Vic).

#3 Kavity1

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

DH installs, $600 for a basic back to back install extra if you need power run to it. It gets more expensive if the outside unit is further away from the inside one original.gif.

Very basic rough figure (in Vic).

#4 Bart.

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

We just had aircon installed in our investment property and it was $700 for the install (had to be hard wired to the metre box so it wasn't straight forward) and $600 for the unit, so just to be safe, I think you should expect upwards of $1200, especially if the installer provides the unit.  

We found the split system unit on special at one of the big retailers, so if you look around you might get a cheap one but the install will be around $600-$800 regardless.

Hope that helps!


Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

Thank you! From what I can tell it should be simple, with the unit able to go on the outside immediately behind where it would be inside. And I just remembered that I'm pretty sure my dad (or maybe friend of) can install them - might need to investigate that!

#6 Bart.

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

You have to make sure the installer has an air-conditioning component to their electrical license because they deal with refrigeration, so it can't just be a regular electrician.  

Also, you need to check if you want it just plugged into a socket in the house (which might be a bit cheaper) or hardwired to the meter box, like we did.  To plug it into a regular socket, you have to make sure the circuit can handle the pressure of a power guzzler like aircon, otherwise you'll need it take back to the meter box and given its own circuit.

Hope that makes sense!


Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

Thanks Bartholemew, I'll look into and get quotes on both options. Kinda hoping the landlord will decide to pay half happy.gif

#8 Gumbette

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

I'd also try graysonline first, we grabbed two new ones about 5 years ago for less than $500 each and they  haven't skipped a beat.

#9 MummyIHK

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

QUOTE (SCARFACE CLAW @ 04/01/2013, 09:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks Bartholemew, I'll look into and get quotes on both options. Kinda hoping the landlord will decide to pay half happy.gif

Have you spoken to your landlord yet?  I only ask because if my tenant wanted air-conditioning I would probably just do it for them (it pays to keep a good tenant happy).  biggrin.gif   It might be worth a try, there is certainly no harm in asking.  Good Luck.


Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

QUOTE (Gumbette @ 04/01/2013, 09:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd also try graysonline first, we grabbed two new ones about 5 years ago for less than $500 each and they  haven't skipped a beat.

Thanks for the tip, there wasn't anything on there, but I looked around and Bunnings have one for $489!

QUOTE (MummyIHK @ 04/01/2013, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you spoken to your landlord yet?  I only ask because if my tenant wanted air-conditioning I would probably just do it for them (it pays to keep a good tenant happy).  biggrin.gif   It might be worth a try, there is certainly no harm in asking.  Good Luck.

No we haven't yet, the trouble is actually getting the REA to pass on messages wink.gif But I'll get in touch and try to force the issue, at least just to get permission. We like it here so we don't mind footing the bill, though of course it would be nice if he did pay for it biggrin.gif

#11 sophiasmum

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:28 AM

Prices quoted by PPs sounds about right. But we got aircon installed nearly 4 yrs ago & it cost more than $1000 because the inside unit is in the middle of the house, no external walls, so they had to run a pump through the roof to the outside unit.

#12 JazzyWeasel

Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:37 AM

You also need to think about the size of the room you want to air condition. We have  big unit because we need it to do the lounge,dining,kitchen and play room (kinda of open plan').

#13 unicycle

Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:19 AM

i would also go for an inverter split system to ensure your running costs are low. if you can find a daikin on sale, go for it. not all split systems are the same...e found that out the hard way. and get the size right, neither tooo big nor too small...think Goldilocks


Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

We just want the lounge room airconditioned, which is pretty small and can be closed off, so I think a small unit would do the job. Thanks for your help everyone original.gif

#15 MadyFez

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

We ended up buying a portable air con which works great.

We can also move it into the bedroom during these hot nights.

Its was $600 but if we do move we can take it with us.

We have had it for 3 years now.

Also it doesnt cool down the whole house, but you can definately tell the difference when you step out of the room.

Edited by Verurtle, 05 January 2013 - 04:53 PM.

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