The Real Cost of Air Conditioning Installation

“Should I get AC installed in my home this year?” is a common question homeowners have, as these San Diego days grow longer and hotter.

Installing AC can be expensive, but in the long run, it’s a positive investment for your home.

Below are the 4 places people will generally go to when hunting for quotes.

1. Your craigslist person ($4,000 to 10,000):

Hiring someone from Craigslist will generally be the cheapest route to take, but it will present you with the biggest risk.

When you hire someone who isn’t properly certified or someone who doesn’t carry the proper insurance, you are risking possible legal fees on top of additional repairs if the job isn’t done properly.

Uncertified air conditioner installation will not give you the peace of mind that hiring a reputable company will.

2. The ‘Walmart’ type company ($6,000 to 12,000):

Every town has the local company that will always come in as the cheapest company around, but to keep cost low they tend to use the cheapest parts available.

Initially, this option will cost you the least amount of money, but in the long run, you won’t be satisfied. There are no guarantees when you take this route, as cheaper parts often lead to more frequent repairs.

3. Your neighborhood company ($8,000 to 15,000):

The local company that everyone has heard of and used at one time or another is also an option.

They are reasonably priced, but not as low as the craigslist guy. However, they guaranteed their products and services thus, saving you money in the long run.

4. The flashy TV company ($10,000 to 20,000):

You usually can’t go wrong here, they will be certified, insured, and can guarantee their work, but their prices are usually the highest to compensate for their flashy advertising techniques.

As you can see, costs of air conditioning installation can vary greatly based on the type of individual or company that you choose.

Your choice will play a huge part in the initial costs of installation, and how much you will spend on air conditioning repairs for the next decade.

Choose wisely! Take your time when deciding on the investment of Air Conditioning.