Air conditioning service price is largely dependent on the air conditioning company you use to service and maintain your home air conditioning systems. Service packages or plans can vary largely to, with the more extensive packages costing much more than the basic packages. Air conditioning service price also depends on how many components are involved. For instance, a Wall Split System with 2 wall units will cost less to service than a similar system with 4 wall units.
This post will explain what you need to consider when choosing an air conditioning company to service or maintain your home air conditioning. As well as the likely air conditioning service price you should budget for.
Air Conditioning Service Price – The Components That Need Service
It’s a simple pleasure to sit in your living room and enjoy the comfort of your home air conditioning. What home owners do not sometimes appreciate, is the work it takes to service or maintain an air conditioning system properly.
And depending on how many components your air conditioning have, air conditioning service could be a very tedious process, with some jobs taking more than half a day to complete.
So the first thing we need to consider are the components involved when servicing air cons.
Different air conditioning types, such as ducted reverse cycle, wall split system, evaporative cooling, or even ducted gas heating, all consists of very different components. For instance, ducted reverse cycle air conditioning may require your ducts to be cleaned out as well. Air conditioning filters in different components will also need to be replaced or cleaned.
In the section below, we will look into the various components, so you can have an idea of what is involved with air conditioning service packages.
Air Conditioning Service Price – Common Components Requiring Service
Air Conditioning Compressor (Usually an outdoor unit – or outdoor plus an indoor unit)
This is the most common component in your air conditioning system. And the one that requires the most intensive servicing. The purpose of an air conditioning compressor is to circulate the refrigerant within the system – under high pressure. The compressor is where the cooling takes place – and it performs the bulk of the operations within an air conditioner.
Due to the intense operations involved in the cooling process, the compressor is the component that works the hardest to cool your home. As such, the chance of breakdown or malfunction is also higher. Air con compressors can last a long time (some up to 20 or more years), but they can also fail much sooner. Proper service and maintenance is what is required to prolong the lifespan of a compressor.
The compressor is the most expensive component in an air conditioning system. In many instances, if a compressor totally fails, to replace it would be so cost prohibitive, that purchasing a new air conditioning system would make more sense.
To properly service a compressor, the service technician will usually need to dismount the compressor, and have it thoroughly washed and chemically treated. A check will also be required to ensure all components are functioning as they should, before remounting the compressor. Refrigerant may also need to be topped up to ensure the compressor generates cold crisp air.
A large percentage of the air conditioning service price goes into the work it takes to actually perform a thorough maintenance of the compressor.
Wall Split Systems have wall units that are mounted in each room. Unlike ducted systems which uses ducts to distribute the cold air throughout a home.
These wall units are actually fan coils that use high powered fans to blow the cold air out into the room. The cold air passes through fan grilles and an air conditioning filter, cleaning the air, before it gets expelled into the room.
During air conditioning service, the service technician will need to open up the wall unit casing, remove the filter (which will be washed under a running tap) and have the fan grilles thoroughly cleaned out.
Usually, a high powered vacuum is used to remove any dust/grime from between the fan grilles, which are then wiped down with anti-bacterial cleaning chemicals. An air conditioining cleaning spray is often used to clean between the grilles. The air conditioning filter is then re-installed and casing closed.
Drainage and Air Ducts/Vents
Other components such as the air con pipes/drainage may also need to be cleaned and/or unblocked. These pipes discharge water created through condensation in the wall units into the drainage – usually into the toilets or direct to the exterior of the house. These pipes can often be blocked, resulting in water leaking from the wall unit. You see this a lot with split systems.
Air vents and ducts in ducted air conditioning systems also need to be cleaned regularly. You never know what has caught up in these ducts, and dirty ducts can reduce your air conditioning’s efficiency by up to 30% or more! In addition, your family’s health may also be at risk if the ducts are not clean and bacteria builds up.
How Often Do You Need Air Conditioning Service?
As you can see, it’s quite a tedious process to service and maintain an air conditioning system properly. The question a lot of home owners have is, how often should it be done?
Generally speaking, air conditioning service should happen twice a year. Ideally every 6 months. However, depending on your budget, you could have one major service once a year, and carry out some DIY service work yourself.
Regardless of whether you are performing some service work yourself or outsourcing it all to an air conditioning company, you should look to service your air conditioning twice per year, minimally.
Air Conditioning Service Price & Company Selection
As mentioned earlier, air conditioning service price can differ greatly from company to company. It could start as low as $150 and go up to $1000 or more – depending on whether parts need to be replaced. If only a standard air conditioning service is performed, then generally, you should set aside about $100-300.
However, cheap is not always good. Make sure you do your own research on which companies have a good track record of providing quality service at affordable rates.
At Jim’s Heating and Cooling, basic air conditioning service price starts from just $99. Phone us at 1300 113 516 to have our service technicians check out your home air conditioning, and they will advice you on the best package to go with.