Air Conditioner Size
The size of the air conditioner directly affects the overall price. Put simply, the larger the unit the greater the price tag.
undersized air conditioner may cost less to install, but it will be unable to maintain your home's temperature during warmer spring & summer conditions.
Oversized air conditioners are noisier, use more power, freeze up, require frequent repairs, leave the house feeling cold, and do not properly dehumidify.
Sizing the air conditioner correctly is an important and complex procedure best left to the professionals.
Features that factor into your installation cost include:
Heating Functionality (Is it a heat pump?)
Variable Speed Motor
Depending on installation requirements, you will see a wide range in pricing for a quality air conditioner install.
In the Fraser Valley, the price for a complete installation of an air conditioning system is approximately
$4,999, but prices range between
$3,499 to over
A number of considerationscontribute to the overall cost of your complete air conditioner installation.
Air Conditioner Brand
Although the internal components of each air condtioner brand are often built by the same one or two manufacturers the sticker on the front will affect the price. Major brands like Lennox, Carrier and Rheem will usually cost more than similar equipment under the Armstrong, Payne or Ameristar brands. That said, there are several benefits to paying for a major brand.
Companies like Rheem offer specialized training to Authorized Dealers to ensure you get the best installation of their product.
Authorized Dealers often have access to direct tech support with manufacturers which limits possible down time.
Major brands use the latest technology to provide the quietest, most efficient and longest lasting air conditioners
Air conditioners require special refrigerant rated tubing to carry the refrigerant through the system. In situations where you are adding a new air conditioner or the existing air conditioner's tubing is not re-usable, new piping will need to be installed.
Placement of your air conditioner coil within the home is a large factor in the cost of installation. For example, an air conditioner coil located in close proximity to an exterior wall will likely not require much additional work; however, an air conditioner coil requiring installation in the middle of your home may require a labour intensive install affecting the overall cost.
Air conditioners produce condensation that must be safely removed. In some homes there are no useable drains near the air conditioners and additional components, such as pumps, will need to be utilized.
Most replacements require very little modification to the duct work. Some homes, specifically older homes (1970s and older), may require significant duct work alterations due to duct size, location or condition.
Adding an air conditioner or upgrading to a higher tier furnace may require coupling with a more capable thermostat. Communicating thermostats require 4 wires while non-communicating thermostats may require up to 12 wires for full functionality. By comparison most homes in Chilliwack built before 1999 have 2-4 wires. The requirement of adding additional wiring will affect the price of installation.
New installations require line voltage power from the electrical panel to be run to the outdoor unit. Wire size, length and accessibility all factor into the overall cost.
Air conditioners must be integrated into your home and should be fitted by a qualified professional backed by a reputable company. Employing a company with high standards contributes to the value of your installation both short term and long term.
You can expect to pay more for a company that:
qualified to determine the size requirements for the system
highly trained installers
is associated with industry standard groups (TECA, Fortis, BBB, etc.)
You may pay less for an individual or company:
great reputation locally and on-line
without insurance or valid licenses
who offers little to
The adage holds true. "You get what you pay for." Systems that are installed correctly and maintained properly have long lives, produce great comfort and low utility bills. Whereas systems improperly installed function incorrectly, require frequent repairs, and can increase your utility costs.
Make sure your company:
has a bad or non-existant local or online reputation (no website, reviews, unmarked vehicle)
Provides you a
written and detailed quote. You should feel comfortable asking related questions. A professional should be able to respond to your questions with confident and assuring answers
provide details regarding the equipment they will be installing. Don't get caught with a contractor installing a product he/she has never seen or worked on before
written warranty and has a guarantee on their work
Is insured and possesses a valid gas license
good on-line reviews (Google, Homestars, Facebook, etc...) A contractor with active and positive on-line reviews is a good indication that they are looking to make their clients happy not just make a buck