Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Electrical, HVAC & Energy Efficiency > Ductless Air Conditioner

Ductless Air Conditioner Cost

How Much Does a Ductless Air Conditioner Cost?

average costMedium: $2,000-$5,000high costHigh: $5,000-$7,000
post Post   Comments (23)  

Mini-split or "ductless" air conditioners are quieter and less visible than window units, and can be less expensive than adding central air to a house that lacks ducts and the space needed to install ducts.

Typical costs:

  • Expect to pay $2,000-$5,000 to install a complete ductless mini-split air conditioning system in a 800-1,000-square foot home, or $5,000-$7,000 for a 2,000-square-foot house. Ductless systems are generally twice the cost of window systems and about 30 percent more than installing central air with existing ducts, but can be less expensive than adding central air and ductwork. Some units provide both heat and air conditioning.
Related articles: Central Air Conditioner, Upgrading an Electrical Panel

What should be included:
  • A ductless unit is a "split" system just like central air, only smaller and more flexible. The compressor sits outdoors and is connected by a pair of refrigerated lines to one or more air handlers inside the house. The hole in the wall for the lines varies, but is usually about 3 inches in diameter.[1] provides a brief overview and the US Department of Energy lists advantages and disadvantages.
  • Designed to blend into the decor, the indoor units are usually about 7 inches deep. They're smaller than window units, but generally not as unobtrusive as central air vents. These air handlers can be suspended from or mounted flush to a ceiling, hung on a wall or installed as a floor-standing unit.
  • Like all air conditioning, ductless systems are rated by a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and capacity is gauged by BTUs (British Thermal Units) or tons. A HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor will calculate how many BTUs are needed to cool a specific area; run lines for the coolant, electricity and drainage; and charge the unit with the correct amount of coolants.
Shopping for a ductless air conditioner:
  • Mini-split systems are relatively new and, according to the US Department of Energy, qualified installers and service people may not be easy to find. Manufacturers include Mitsubishi[2] , Sanyo and Friedrich. These and other brands are sold online through[3] and[4] . Also try for contractor referrals through the Air Conditioning Contractors of America[5] .
  • Get several estimates. Ask about training and experience. Make sure the contractor is properly bonded and insured, as well as licensed in your state.
post Post   Comments (23)  
CostHelper News

10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do While At Home
You may not be able to host the large family gathering for the holidays, but there are still many ways to pick up items curbside to spruce up your indoor space for your everyday enjoyment and to bring a more festive spirit. || Posted December 30 2020

10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts

What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Fujitsu split single unit
Amount: $3,400.00
Posted by: A wary lake resident in Fergus Falls, MN.Posted: August 24th, 2020 04:08PM
Contractor: BTUs: 12000
I was charged 3400 which include electrical work. The contractor was referred to me by a neighbor. I asked about a rebate and was informed the cost included any rebate money and he (the contractor) would take care of it. I didn’t trust this guy in north central Minnesota, so I filled out a rebate form I found online, submitted it and lo and behold I got a $600 rebate check.. you can’t trust anyone in small town America.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Quote for a single zone 24K BTU system
Amount: $5,400.00
Posted by: a user in Carpinteria, CA.Posted: July 21st, 2018 07:07PM
Contractor: BTUs: 24000
Got a quote today for a single zone 24K BTU system to cool one large room. Seemed a bit high. Will try to get additional quotes
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Mitsubitsi new 4 zone system install
Amount: $20,000.00
Posted by: Paul willnotberippedoff in Queens, NY.Posted: April 20th, 2018 04:04AM
Contractor: Air Comfort Service corpBTUs: 42000
Did not do the work still looking for a reasonable price. This was for a 1065 square foot space, the floor space is smaller. 4 Head system one outdoor unit, the nerve to state in the quote this does not include patching and painting walls for holes they would make nor the one extra line in my electrical box. We clearly spoke about this as part of pricing when they came to quote. These people are thieves steer clear, other quotes have been $12,000 and I know I can get a lower quote. Air comfort should check the outside temperature it is a cold Spring and HVAC people are jumping on the chance to work, one vendor called me at 7:50 PM and was willing to come right over to look at the space.
The unit retail would cost $6500 this vendor would charge me $13,000 for labor?? Seriously you deserve to go out of business.Oh yeah, they were a referral and this was the friends and family rate!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
ductless air conditioner
Amount: $12,000.00
Posted by: defranm5 in clinton, CT.Posted: June 8th, 2017 11:06AM
Contractor: home depotBTUs: tbd
Have not purchased yet. Price is extremely high.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Carrier mini split three wall units and one outside unit
Amount: $6,000.00
Posted by: Cass in New port richey, FL.Posted: August 22nd, 2016 04:08AM
Contractor: 2coolBTUs:
First installed 18000 wall unit in living room and 12000 in master bedroom and 9000 in guest bed room , some thing was wrong because when I shut it down (18000) and turned on the master (12000) all went well until I would try to shut down bedroom and turn on living room,it would read e3 four visits from 2cool they decided to replace the 18000' with a new 18000 then they replaced the 12000 with a 9000 and that seemed to solve the problem and question ,don't they owe me the difference between the price of a 12000 and 9000 ?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Fujitsu 48K Ductless Mini Split system install
Amount: $17,839.76
Posted by: Randall Bales in Barstow, NM.Posted: August 15th, 2016 08:08PM
Contractor: Clemmer Services IncBTUs: 48K
Includes 48K BTU Ductless Mini Split refrigeration unit, 24K indoor coil, 15K indoor coil with condensate pump, 9K indoor coil with condensate pump, 7K indoor coil, another 7K indoor coil with condensate pump, main electrical install, 2 branch boxes and separation line sets and tubes, 3 days labor and all other materials needed.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Why do you not mention Trane?
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Ronswonger in Jackson, MI.Posted: July 25th, 2016 02:07PM
Contractor: TbdBTUs: Tbd
I am considering a multi ductless system for a small (1000 square foot) existing manufactured home. Trane makes and installs units that seem appropriate and their reputation is very good. Why did you not mention them?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
1 56k btu bryant outdoor w/ 9 zones inside 5k sq ft home
Amount: $25,000.00
Posted by: incendee in Yale, MI.Posted: July 24th, 2016 10:07AM
Contractor: BTUs: 56k
Ouch!Found I could buy 2 60k btu LG units with interior units that look like pictures for the hard to reach rooms and then ducted split units for the 2nd floor for $14k not installed. Then I could have up to 16 zones.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Mitsubishi Hyper Heat
Amount: $17,200.00
Posted by: Ciaramadre88 in Effort, PA.Posted: April 5th, 2016 08:04PM
Contractor: R.H.ohlBTUs: 1x 20,000 and 1x 30,000
One (1) Mitsubishi 30,000 BTU – Hyper Heat - Heat Pump Condenser (Model MXZ-3C30NAHZ)
2. One (1) Mitsubishi 24,000 BTU (Model MSZ-GE24NA)
3. One (1) Mitsubishi 6,000 BTU (Model MSZ-GE06NA)
4. One (1) Mitsubishi 20,000 BTU – Hyper Heat - Heat Pump Condenser (MXZ-2B20NAHZ)
5. Two (2) Mitsubishi 6,000 BTU (Model MSZ-GE06NA)
With rebates it comes to $16,050 if I pay cash it's $15,050
R. F. Ohl Heating and Air Conditioning provides “One-Year Test Drive” If you are unhappy with your Home Comfort System and we can’t fix it, we will remove the system and return 100% of your original investment at any time during the first year. Mitsubishi provides a 12 year warranty on their compressor and 12 year on all parts. R. F. Ohl provides a 10 year Limited Warranty.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
D Air Conditioner
Amount: $3,600.00
Posted by: a user in huntington beach, CA.Posted: February 2nd, 2016 01:02AM
Contractor: D Air Conditioning CompanyBTUs: 30,000
I had 3 units installed. 9K BTU (x2) and 12K BTU (x1) for a total of 30K BTU. The company quoted me $3600 for the installation and the product of all three units. Apparently they have such a low price because they manufacture their own products. The units worked great and performed as good as my Trane mini split.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Fujitsu 2 ton Split System
Amount: $8,575.00
Posted by: Cayucos Diva in San Luis Obispo, CA.Posted: January 17th, 2016 08:01AM
Contractor: KnectsBTUs: 24000
January/2016 This the quote I received. I am waiting on a Mitsubishi quote from another company...
• Provide and install new model #FAOU24RLXFW Fujitsu 2 ton condenser.
• Provide and install new model #FASU24RLF 24 MBH head unit in approved location • Route new lineset to newly installed head unit.
• Repatch/repair path of new lineset.
• Provide and install new electrical sub panel to support new A/C system.
• Mount new head unit remote in agreed upon location.
• Startup and checkout new Fujitsu ductless split system.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Mini split system
Amount: $3,800.00
Posted by: Robert151 in Wall, NJ.Posted: December 17th, 2015 01:12PM
Contractor: ThePatriotPlumber.comBTUs:
Was a very clean install permits were extra but just about 300 dollars.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Amount: $12,000.00
Posted by: espinot in Nutley, NJ.Posted: September 20th, 2015 07:09PM
Contractor: PSE&GBTUs: 8000
I did not install. PSE&G must think I'm crazy. For a family room and one bedroom split heat and air. Contractor said 8000BTU would work. A quote of $12,000. I am disgusted by that quote. Maybe they think I'm a stupid woman.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Mitsubishi split system (5indoor/3outdoor)
Amount: $13,000.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Wilmington, DE.Posted: August 30th, 2015 06:08AM
Contractor: Dave MaichleBTUs: 2-12,000 3-9,000 51,000 total
Awesome system
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Mitsubishi Split System
Amount: $17,200.00
Posted by: Reply Immediately Please in Binghamton, NY.Posted: August 2nd, 2015 11:08AM
Contractor: upstate NYBTUs:
Is this cost too high for one Mitsubishi heat/air split system 4 head on one side of the house (2 9,000 btu's and 2 6,000 btus) and one 2 head system on the other side of the house (1 head 24,000 btus and one head 9,000 btu's
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
2 heat and cooling units in a home that we are purchasing
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: big guy in sturgeon lake, MN.Posted: July 26th, 2015 10:07AM
Contractor: ?BTUs: ?
He mounted the outside motors in the crawl space, wondering if this is a good or bad thing, he said summer run with door open to crawl space and close in winter when running. we are thinking of buying this lake home and wondering, thanks . let me know if anyone knows.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
LG 24,000 BTU heat pump
Amount: $2,100.00
Posted by: user in clark summit pa in clark summit, PA.Posted: June 16th, 2015 11:06AM
Contractor: BTUs: 24000
replaced a 12,000 btu hitachi heat pump
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Fujitsu Min-Split system
Amount: $11,300.00
Posted by: sit9001 in Tenafly, NJ.Posted: April 7th, 2015 04:04PM
Contractor: BTUs: 72000
Two 36K BTU A/C units with 5 indoor split units with heat pumps
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Fijisui 2 12,000 BTU and 3 9,000 BTU units
Amount: $16,450.00
Posted by: carbuff in Glen Burnie, MD.Posted: July 3rd, 2014 10:07AM
Contractor: LocalBTUs:
Got a quote for a total of 5 units to be installed i my cap cod style home. There would be one outdoor compressor on one side of the house for two of the 12,000 BTU and a second compressor for the other 3 9,000 BTU units. Seems a bit high to me for a pretty straight forward install with easy access to outside walls.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
fujisui ductless 1800 B T U
Amount: $3,800.00
Posted by: posted from n y in staten island, NY.Posted: July 21st, 2013 08:07AM
Contractor: mikeBTUs: 1800
i think its a little high
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Comfort aire mini split system coolant recharge
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: ArtherSaratoga in Littleton, CO.Posted: July 24th, 2012 11:07PM
Contractor: Golden WestBTUs: 24,000
The inside unit would frost over occasionally.
The system needed to have the charge installed by weight, as this was not done when it was new.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
mitsubishi ductless system
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: crazycanuck in warwick, RI.Posted: July 10th, 2012 06:07PM
Contractor: MPG mechanicalBTUs: 1x24,000, 2x 9000
I find this to be a high quote for a/c, heat pump, and dehumidifier. All I want is a/c can I get the above systems cheaper.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Mitsubishi 12000 BTU
Amount: $2,300.00
Posted by: a user in Framingham, MA.Posted: May 7th, 2009 05:05AM
Contractor: BTUs: 12000
Paying $4000 for a 12000 BTU heat pump mini split installed for a sun filled family room. The unit meets the standards for the 30% rebate plus $500 from Nstar rebate. Final cost $2300
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


Comment On Your Experience With a Ductless Air Conditioner
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Contractor: BTUs: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.

External Resources:
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does a Kitchen Remodeling Cost? How Much Does a Propane Tank Cost? How Much Does a Plumber Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on

Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Radiologist Fee
Paid: 350.00
Any radiologist reading your mammogram will be at least $350. They have 11-13 years of training after high school before they begin work. If they are not board certified, watch out. Most are and it beats getting cancer... [more]
-Lowes Fan
Mammogram Cost
DIY Ceiling
Paid: 50.00
We bought a house with a cheap paint job. The ceilings were sprayed the same color as the walls. During COVID I painted the ceilings and a bathroom. A 120 square foot room took me about 4 hours (2 coats)... [more]
-Lowes Fan
Painting an Interior Cost
DIY vs Installed Small Deck
Paid: 3000.00
We paid $1300 for materials and $1700 for labor on a 100 square foot composite deck plus a redwood gate. It took 30 hours, done last year. My husband built a 100 sf heart redwood deck for about $1000 in materials in 2019... [more]
-Lowe's Fan
Redwood Deck Cost
Colposcopy with biopsy
Paid: 756.00
This service was wayy to expensive in my opinion. For a 20-25 minute total visit I had to pay out of pocked 756 - 187 to OBGYN, 229 to pathologist, then 340$ for facility fee or the hospital. I don't even know what that charge was for... [more]
-D S
Colposcopy Cost
Bilateral Diagnostic Mammogram and Third Mammogram
Paid: 1389.66
My 2021 bill, still in shock! Weill Cornell, in-network provider, billed my insurance $908 for a bilateral diagnostic mammogram, and $712 for a third mammogram one breast... [more]
Mammogram Cost
shoulder mri
Paid: 8000.00
Seriously, 8K for an MRI before all the secret insurance kicks in. I was stuck with a 1200 bill and my insurance is pretty good. This is insane for a 20 minute procedure with no nurse assistance... [more]
MRI Cost