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Question DetailsAsked on 7/16/2013

How much should I get charged for installation of split ductless ac heat pump system, base unit and 2 indoor units?

Boston, South Shore. It looks like I am getting quoted $1,500+ just for installation. That seems high for 1 day of work.

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Cottage Grove, Wi We just got a quote for a Fujitsu split ductless cooling/heat pump unit 2 ton system with base unit and 1 12RLF and 2 7RLF units inside (labor was not separated) that was for $6,415.00.

Also a choice of a 3 ton system, base unit with 1-12RLF, and 3-7RLF's inside (labor was not separated) to the tune of $7,300.00. This was from a Heating and Cooling Services Cooperative.

Usually you figure 1/2 of any job is labor. So that is $3,207.00 (2 units) or $3,650 (3 units) respectively.

This job requires 2 men, if we are going to be down on air conditioning for one day. So say that each man with equipment gets $1,630.00 per day that's $200 per hour for a 8 hour day, or $1,825.00 per day that's $228.00 per hour for a 8 hour day.

Now add in the cost of the trip someone has to make to the site, the time answering customers questions, the time it takes at the office to research and write the quote, then trucks for fleet transportation to get the workers and the equipment to the site, specialized tools, gages, concrete drills and bits, ladders, a materials storage facility to stage out of -as well as paying for wages, health insurance, taxes, and sending workers to specialized classes to know how to install all this equipment. YOU ARE GETTING A DEAL at $1,500.00

Answered 6 years ago by Dusty2


Normal billing rate for HVAC contractors is about $100-200/hour, from cheapest areas of the country to big cities, so your $1500 works out to about 4-8 hours for a 2-man crew - that is right in the range, if not pretty lean at the 4 hour end - I would guess they gave you a break on the labor because you bought the whole system from them.

Sounds like you are getting a fair, if not better than fair, deal.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Cottage Grove,Wi. We just completed the installation of the 3 ton base unit & 4 indoor units of a split ductless Fujitsu ac heat pump system at our house today.

To answer the question about labor time, it took a team of 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 2 others called in to help place the second story unit and coordinate the covers for the tubing.

Those guys were experienced installers and didn't even stop for lunch. That's 20 hours plus. The quote was for $6,300.00 $1,200 labor, Total $7,300.00 so, $1,200.00 divided by 20 makes the labor at $60.00 an hour. Know anyone in heating and cooling who would work for that. Would you ?, probably not. It was a lot of work. Excellent job guys.

Answered 6 years ago by Dusty2


Clifton, NJ

We were quoted $5k for a Fujitsu 2 ton heat pump/cooling system. Two units 12,000BTU each.

Answered 3 years ago by Guest_94566241

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