What does Central Air Conditioning Installation Involve?

Central air conditioning is a must in Phoenix, where daytime summer temperatures regularly climb into the triple digits. If you don’t currently have central AC, you may be wondering what is involved with installing a unit. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect:

Selecting a Unit

This will be one of the biggest decisions you make once you’ve opted to have a central air conditioning unit installed. There are two different types of AC units: split system or packaged. A split system unit has indoor and outdoor cabinets that contain the necessary parts, while a packaged system uses just one outdoor cabinet to house the evaporator coil, condenser, and compressor. Most homes in Phoenix use a split system unit, but your house’s existing ductwork and other structural features will play a role in which unit is best for you.

Installation Process

Air conditioner installation isn’t as complicated as you may think, but it is best left to professional contractors. The easiest installations are in homes with adequate existing ductwork. Homes without ductwork or with older, inefficient ductwork may need some upgrades to maximize air flow and make your AC unit as efficient as possible. Aside from ductwork, installation involves setting up the unit, making the proper connections to refrigeration and electrical lines, and installing a thermostat.


Installation of a central AC unit can usually be done in one day. However, if ductwork needs to be done, the process may take longer.


Costs vary on central air conditioner installation, depending on the unit you buy and what, if anything, needs to be done to your home prior to installation. When having central air installed, expect to spend at least $2,000. If you need to add ductwork, plan on your base cost being doubled. Contact us today by calling 480-900-2178 or visit out website for more information!