I’m curious about how people go about buying and installing a split-system air conditioner. I’ve had some questions come my way lately on this topic. The options are:
- Engage an installer to supply and install the unit.
- Buy the unit yourself from a retailer (e.g. Bunnings, or online such as Appliances Online) and then have an installer do the actual installation.
I assume option 1 is by far the most common, but option 2 is perfectly feasible these days, and could be attractive if you have a trusted air con installer to use. I’m not convinced it’s a guaranteed cheaper option though, especially if you factor in your own time and transport costs of buying the unit; also, installers can offer competitive prices for the units themselves.
(Of course, if you have the appropriate licences - electrical, and refrigerant handling aka ArcTick - you can do the installation yourself. I daresay there are more than a few unlicensed DIY installations out there, but let’s not encourage that!)
I’m particularly focused on splits here; wall/window models can be done entirely DIY as long as the right electrical circuit is already in place, and ducted systems really are in the professional-only realm.
Just FYI, DIY-installation split-systems are available in the USA.
Has anyone here gone down the path of buying the split system and hiring the installer separately?