A split system air conditioner's maximum efficiency and long term reliability are directly linked with the quality of the installation.
As you will see with some of our examples, installations can vary considerably. Whether it be noise factors, visual considerations or concerns about limiting access or space around your home, it is really helpful to get an idea of what can and can't be done and the options you have to make sure you are happy with the locations of both the indoor and outdoor units.
Why does the installation cost vary?
The cost of installation can vary wildly simple because some situations require more time and material.
If you can't install a unit back to back, you may need to run piping through a roof space to the outdoor unit. This requires setting up and working off ladders, lifting tiles or possibly color bond roof sheets to gain access into the roof.
Depending on the unique situation, this can add hours of labour to an installation and hundreds of dollars in materials.
Outdoor unit location for split systems
Generally you don't want the outdoor unit located:
At the front of the house
You can put it there but it just doesn't look good.
In narrow pathways
You don't want to limit or even lose access for things like bins, wheel barrows, bikes.
Deckings or entertaining areas
If you don't want to be staring at it, its worth paying the extra to move it to a better location. Once it is installed and working, you will be glad you did it.
Drive ways or garages
Drive ways are not a good location for air conditioners. Not only is it costly to repair or replace a unit that has been backed into or sideswiped, it is extremely dangerous.
Is it worth spending the extra money for installation?
A lot of people debate over whether to spend the extra money. We can say that we've never had a customer complain once the installation is done. It's always worth it.
If you are able to install back-to-back then great, but it's not always that simple.