The best air-conditioning services in Canberra

Jay Mundine

Jay Mundine, owner of Benchmark Airconditioning and Refrigeration Canberra – one of Canberra’s most recommended air-conditioning services. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

On a sweltering Canberra summer day, there are few better ways to beat the heat at home or at work than by cranking up the air-conditioner.

Whether you’re tired of relying on ceiling fans to keep you cool, or you’ve noticed that your evaporative cooler isn’t working as efficiently as it did last summer, an air-conditioning service provider can help. Air-con businesses specialise in installing, maintaining and repairing air-con systems to keep you comfortable all year round.

But what qualities should you look for in an air-conditioning service provider, and where can you find the best in Canberra? Let’s take a closer look.

What makes a great air-conditioning service?

We recommend keeping the following in mind when choosing an air-conditioning service provider in Canberra:

  • Tailored advice. From reverse cycle systems to wall-mounted air conditioning units, there are several heating and cooling options on the market. But what many people don’t realise is that what works for one home may not be suitable for another. A skilled air-conditioning technician will be able to advise you on the most effective (and cost effective!) heating or cooling solution for your property.
  • Qualified technicians. Every technician that works on installing, repairing and maintaining air-conditioning systems should be suitably qualified. Double check that your air-conditioning service provider hires experienced and qualified technicians to ensure the best possible outcome.
  • Commitment to health and safety. The last thing you want a technician to bring into your home or workplace is COVID-19. Look for an air-conditioning services company where all employees – from technicians to office staff – practice regular hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, adhere to social distancing rules, and have completed the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Infection Control Training Program.
  • Reliable and respectful of your property. The technician should arrive on time and ready to work. The best treat customers’ homes like their own – this means keeping mess and disruption to a minimum while being careful with your belongings.
  • Knowledge and experience. The best air-conditioning service providers have experience repairing, maintaining and installing a range of air-conditioning systems from different brands. If you’re unsure, or you have an unusual set-up, check to ensure your chosen company has the expertise to do a thorough job.

The best air-conditioning services in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Stag Electrical, Solar and Refrigeration

Stag Electrical, Solar and Refrigeration

Stag Electrical, Solar and Refrigeration has been installing and repairing air-conditioning (AC) and heater units for well over a decade, keeping clients comfortable in their homes and offices. The expert team of qualified and experienced technicians handles ducted AC units and split system AC units. They provide well thought-through recommendations and advice on the type that best suits client needs and budgets.

Stag Electrical aims for installation to be completed by the same person who quoted the job. Installation is done by knowledgeable refrigeration technicians who use quality parts.

Reputable major brands of AC units are available with detailed warranties, including a 100% quality workmanship guarantee. Stag Electrical also provides a best-offer guarantee.

Stag Electrical, Solar and Refrigeration is available 24/7 Monday to Sunday for emergency callouts. The team provides electrical work to save clients the inconvenience of engaging another technician.

As Phuong Nguyen wrote on Google, “Good business. Stag provides quality with a reasonable charge and are always on time. Honest and professional.”

Unit 1/1 Sawmill Cct
Hume ACT 2620
AirConditioning Canberra

AirConditioning Canberra

From installing reverse cycle heating and cooling systems to carrying out maintenance and repairs, AirConditioning Canberra is ready to help you with your air-conditioning needs. Its team prides itself on out-of-the-box thinking that leads to energy-efficient, cost-effective and high-performing air-conditioning solutions, and will present alternative options if they believe they will lead to a better outcome.

AirConditioning Canberra can also carry out all electrical work to save you the hassle of engaging a separate electrician. (These services also extend to installing LED downlighting, test and tag, switchboard upgrades and ceiling fan installations.)

Its technicians strive to leave your home or workplace clean or tidy, and take the time to answer your questions. All employees practice strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, have completed COVID-19 infection control training, and have a current police check so you can feel comfortable letting them into your home or business. All technicians have a Certificate III in Electrical and Airconditioning. The business is also A1 Gas Licensed.

AirConditioning Canberra is available from Monday to Saturday for everything from repairs and maintenance to installation and sales advice.

AirConditioning Canberra team

Satisfied customer Sharon shared her experience saying, “Professional, excellent service — we had previously used another company toward the top of this list that completely tried to rip us off. It was disgusting. Air Conditioning Canberra restored our faith that there are workmen out there with passion and a pride in their work. Would absolutely recommend without hesitation.”

Unit 1, 48 Hoskins Street
Mitchell ACT 2911
Delta Air Conditioning & Heating

Delta Air Conditioning & Heating

As the region’s longest serving and one of the most experienced air conditioning and heating specialists, Delta Air Conditioning and Heating have been delivering to exacting standards for almost half a century. This second-generation family run business knows what it takes to keep a home comfortable.

Delta Air Conditioning & Heating are a multi-award winning Daikin Specialist Dealer. They are also authorised dealers for LG, Panasonic, Braemar and BreezeAir. They service and maintain all major brands of air conditioning and heating systems.

Their highly skilled team and ARC licensed technicians create custom solutions to address individual client needs. Moreover, all products come with a 5-Year manufacturing warranty and are accompanied by up to a 5-Year Installation Warranty.

For professional installation and repair with all the quality assurances you will ever need, look no further than Delta Air Conditioning & Heating.

John Lee shared his experience with the team on Google, We recently had our old ducted air conditioning system removed and replaced with a new Daikin system. Delta completed the works in two days. We are very happy with the professional advice we received and the manner in which the works were carried out. We’re very happy with the final result and would recommend this company.”

Benchmark Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Benchmark Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Benchmark Air Conditioning and Refrigeration provides a wide range of quality services and excellent customer care. The company is owned by Julang (Jay) Mundine, a Budjalung/Wiradjuri man who began his apprenticeship in the HVAC industry over 16 years ago.

Services cover general domestic, general commercial and strata maintenance. Other services include installing new air conditioners, installing and maintaining cool room systems, and handling car park exhaust systems.

Benchmark Air Conditioning and Refrigeration’s technicians are qualified and experienced with installation, repairs and maintenance. They provide tailored advice on the best type of system for client needs and budgets, only using quality parts and backing their service with warranty. The company is committed to health and safety and treats client’s property with total care.

Benchmark Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is proud to be recognised as a Certified Supplier for Supply Nation, Australia’s first Indigenous supplier diversity council dedicated to growing the work opportunities available to Indigenous business across the country.

On Google, Jeffrey Olsson wrote, “Brilliant service … The professionalism of Jay and the team was outstanding, and I was very impressed with the pricing. The work performed was to the highest quality and the team was great to deal with.”

G6 Electrical

G6 Electrical

G6 Electrical is a local business providing efficient and quality air-conditioning services—installation, maintenance and servicing.

Fully qualified and insured, the G6 Electrical team is professional and prompt. Qualified electricians are always on hand to provide ideas and advice, based on budget. Work is of the highest quality and G6 Electrical guarantees satisfaction. Safety and security are always front and centre and no project is too small or large.

G6 Electrical has a reputation for communicating clearly to clients on all air-conditioning projects, so there are no hidden surprises.

On Facebook, Nik Jimmy wrote, “Blake came to my home to hook up my container to my mains and install a split system air conditioner in it. A very professional and precise job was done, and I couldn’t be happier. He was on time and always let me know if things needed approval from me before he went on with anything.”

81 Heagney Cresent
Chisholm ACT 2905

Do you need more information on maintaining and repairing your air-conditioning appliance? Try our articles on the best appliance repair services or the best electricians for a list of places where you can get some professional advice. To link your air-conditioning to your smart home check out our article on the best home automation system installers Canberra has to offer. And, if you’d like to consider a gas alternative have a read of our article on the best ducted gas heating services in the region.

Your experience with air-conditioning services in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the air-conditioning service providers listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which air-conditioning system is best for my home or business?
There are several types of air-conditioning systems. The most common are evaporative, split system and ducted.

  • Evaporative. Evaporative air-conditioners use evaporation to help cool the air. Running costs may be lower than other types of air-conditioning systems, though they may not be as effective at cooling your home compared to a ducted system - especially if you prefer a very cool temperature.
  • Split system. Split system air conditioners can heat or cool, and are one of the most popular air-conditioning systems in Australia. They are generally cheaper to install, and you can add or remove units in different parts of your home as needed.
  • Ducted. Ducted air-conditioning systems are one of the most permanent and effective options for cooling your home. They use ceiling ducts to cool or heat each room. You can even choose to control the temperature in each room individually through zoning.
Why should I consider an energy-efficient air-conditioning system?
While air-conditioning systems don't exactly have a reputation for being 'green', some systems are more energy-efficient than others.

Buying an air-conditioning system with a higher energy-efficiency rating can be more expensive. The good news is that you'll likely end up saving money on your power bills over the long term.
What is the cheapest air-conditioning system?
Split system air-conditioning systems can cost under $500, making them one of the least expensive cooling options. Before you rush out and make a purchase, however, check that the chosen system has the capacity to cool and/or heat your chosen area. A cheaper system might be great at cooling a small bedroom, but may not have the power to make a difference in a larger space like a family room.

A qualified technician will also need to install your split system, so be sure to factor installation costs into your budget.
Which air-conditioning system is best for Canberra's climate?
There is no one right air-conditioning system for the Canberra climate. The right air-conditioning system for you will depend on your budget, size and style of your home (i.e. larger homes may be better suited to ducted systems, while apartments may only need a split system) and cooling preferences.

That being said, evaporative cooling can be a more comfortable option in Canberra compared to more humid cities like Sydney and Brisbane. This is because evaporative coolers increase humidity. In a dry climate, extra humidity can have a cooling effect.
How much does air-conditioning installation cost?
The cost of air-conditioning installation will vary depending on the type of system you need installed, and how big it is. Ducted systems are the most expensive to install, while split systems are generally the least expensive.

It can be a good idea to consider other costs, such as the cost of the actual air-conditioning system and running costs, before deciding which option is best for your home.

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42 Responses to The best air-conditioning services in Canberra
Glenda Black Glenda Black 10:14 am 13 Nov 21

Discount Heating & Cooling. Are fantastic and reasonably priced.

Tristan Reid Tristan Reid 5:23 pm 11 Nov 21

Dean Fitzgerald Fitzy Tech

Claire Cragg Claire Cragg 10:36 pm 10 Nov 21

I second that, ambride air conditioning services

Pete Stoles Pete Stoles 8:00 pm 10 Nov 21

Brendon Cragg Should be top of the list

Thompson Lucus Thompson Lucus 1:55 pm 10 Nov 21

Mark Thompson take a look

Phil Young Phil Young 9:03 am 10 Nov 21

Mint Airconditioning. Dan is a character, fun to have on site and very professional. Highly recommended.

Jeffrey Butler Jeffrey Butler 8:54 am 10 Nov 21

Mint Air-conditioning belongs on this list. I had them come out and quote on a job that some other providers kept failing to get back to me about. They listened to my issues, provided some well considered options to solve it, talked me through the pros and cons, and delivered a very workable solution. I’ve referred them to others. Can’t compliment their work enough!

Brioni Badenoch Brioni Badenoch 10:56 pm 09 Nov 21

Mint Airconditioning & Refrigeration as they have integrity & great service.

Amy Mayadas Amy Mayadas 7:34 am 09 Nov 21

RKM Solutions Pty Ltd

Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 5:57 am 08 Nov 21

David Hadfield look here.

Sharon Bredenhann Sharon Bredenhann 6:40 pm 07 Nov 21

Fully Airconditioned in Mitchell

I just had ducted aircon installed, great service and professional team!

Kevin Lea Kevin Lea 6:16 pm 07 Nov 21

Blake Harlock and G6 if they are not already on your list.

Sam Taylor Sam Taylor 3:51 pm 07 Nov 21

Dominick Moran Jarrod Fenwick

AP Bell AP Bell 10:29 am 07 Nov 21

D & G Aircon and Electrical - Grgo is a superstar!

Dan Haggar Dan Haggar 9:21 am 07 Nov 21

Kirsty Keller Kirsty Keller 9:12 am 07 Nov 21

Enjoying Lifemate Enjoying Lifemate 9:11 am 07 Nov 21

Phil Morrissey air conditioning

Amanda Jayne Amanda Jayne 8:47 am 07 Nov 21

Brad Tuckerman from first point air conditioning was fantastic when we upgraded our heating and air con systems. Have gone with him twice now. Very professional.

Shella Melinda Shella Melinda 8:45 am 07 Nov 21

Omgggg Scott McDonald you’re famous

Mel Hendrie Mel Hendrie 8:33 am 07 Nov 21

Hawker Air conditioning!

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