Air conditioning isn't just a matter of comfort - it can define the safety of your home and the health of your family. When you need a new air conditioning installation or replacement, you need pros who can move fast to get your home or business cooling properly as soon as possible. Whether you are establishing a new construction or calling for an emergency AC installation, Big City can make sure you get the fast, professional air conditioning installation services that you need.

Types of Air Conditioner Systems We Install

Our air conditioning installation and replacement professional team can handle all types of air conditioner systems. Whether you have a whole-home central air or need us to install a brand new ductless mini-split, choose your air conditioning services.

No matter what type of AC you want to have installed, or what old AC system you are replacing, Big City has the units and expertise you need.

  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Ductless MIni-Split Air Conditioning
  • Wall-Mounted Air Conditioners
  • Window Units
  • Dual-Fuel Air Conditioner
  • Smart Air Conditioners
  • Portable Air Conditioners

Signs It's Time to Replace an Air Conditioner

Know when to call for AC repairs or schedule your AC replacement. Here are the clearest signs that your air conditioning is on its last legs and ready to be replaced.

1. AC Blowing Warm Air

Hold your hand up to the air conditioner vent. If the blower fan is moving air, but all you feel is warm or room-temperature air - this is a sign that your AC isn't cooling at all. If this can't be repaired in a single visit, it could be a sign that you need a new air conditioning installation soon.

2. Loud or Grinding Sounds

Grinding noises are often the sound of a broken piece inside the unit. It may catch in the fan or be the fan itself. Grinding almost always leads to serious mechanical damage inside your AC. One broken piece can cause extensive damage, and it sounds like a loud grinding or banging sound. Contact Big City AC replacement experts to examine the issue. 

3. Frequent AC Repairs

Air conditioners are supposed to be pretty low-maintenance. An annual tune-up and cleaning are all they should need for most years of performance. If your AC has started to need repairs, again and again, you will soon need AC replacement installation.

4. AC Won't Start

When the power gives out in your AC unit, it can either be reset or can't. Sometimes, this is an indication of a critical unit failure. If your AC doesn't turn on, call our air conditioning repair technician to inspect the system. If it won't return, your AC is down and needs to be replaced.

5. Over 10 Years Old

Finally, be ready to schedule AC replacement installation for any unit that is 10 years or older. Most Air conditioning units don't last longer than a decade. The internal parts will start to fail within the span of ten years.

Trust the Air Conditioning Installation Experts

Air conditioning is no joke here in San Diego and the surrounding areas. We know that when the heat rolls in, your family's health and safety could be on the line if your AC isn't top quality and in top condition. That's why you can trust the Big City air conditioning installation experts to provide you a swift, professional, and friendly HVAC services.

When you call for air conditioning installation and replacement, our team will do everything we can to schedule your consultation and then your installation as quickly as possible. We know how important AC is to health and safety and will have your home cooling again as soon as possible. Contact us or book your air conditioning installation or replacement service online.

Why Customers Choose Us
Expert Technicians
Our team has certified and extensively trained technicians who have years of experience in troubleshooting even the most difficult HVAC and appliance problems.
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We do the job right the first time and with a smile on our faces. Only a sterling reputation in providing high-quality solutions of HVAC & Appliance services to our customers.
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Our team is fully insured, licensed and highly trained to do comprehensive repairs. Only affordable upfront prices and a seamless customer experience.
What Our Clients & PARTNERS Have to Say
June 14, 2022

Alex came out as promised when promised and made the repair on our icemaker. I appreciate his prompt and professional service.

June 14, 2022

I walked into a very wet kitchen floor this morning and quickly determined our refrigerator was leaking. I reached out to Big City via Yelp and within 10 min heard back from Val. We discussed a window of time we might meet later today and boom! the technician (Alex T) not only showed up on time but a bit early. He quickly went to work and the problem was solved within 90 minutes. Very efficient & fairly priced

June 9, 2022

I contacted them through Yelp at 9pm and they were the first to respond. Set up an appointment for 10-1 the next day and the technician arrived at 11am. His name was Ozzy and he was very nice, clean-cut, and respectful. Took about 40 minutes to diagnose the problem, get the part from his car, and get the oven working again.

June 3, 2022

My dishwasher has been a stinky nightmare these last few months. The water wasn’t draining, just sitting causing a disgusting smell at least once a week. I finally decided enough was enough and reached out to some appliance companies in my area of San Diego. This company responded quickly and their price estimate was fair. I was able to get s next day appointment at noon. Highly recommend!

May 26, 2022

This company was referred to me by my home warranty carrier. Leo was out the same day to repair my washer that was leaking. Badabing badaboom – fixed!! Professional – clean – knowledgable – great service!! Thank you Leo!!

May 20, 2022

Nick was amazing! He was polite, professional, knowledgeable, and fixed my dryer issue in the one visit which I did not expect! He also gave me some tips and some guidance about keeping my dryer in good shape with proper use. I would highly recommend working with them! Thank you, Nick:)!!

November 28, 2021

I have a 10 year old Kitchenaid Stove that the broiler quit working. Mark from Big City came out and new right away what was wrong. He had the correct parts with him and fixed it quickly. He was very polite, clean and tidy. Would use them again for any appliance repair.

November 3, 2021

Great job! My washer wouldn’t agitate or spin and it had been previously fixed by Best Buy when it was under warranty for the same issue. This time it is fixed and so quiet! I feel like Big City made it better than when a Best Buy fixed it! Thanks to the tech who came this am!! Happily not going to the laundry mat anymore!

November 3, 2021

Both our washer and dryer needed repair at around the same time, so we tried Yelp to get a quote.  It was a Sunday morning and we were pleased that Big City responded within minutes, offering to send a technician to do a diagnostic the same afternoon at a very reasonable price.  Vlad arrived on time and spent an hour with us, thoroughly going over each appliance.

February 27, 2021

Surprised to see a GE range microwave die after a year of home ownership.  Since it matched the other kitchen appliances I figured I’d give repair service a try to avoid having to buy a more expensive non-matching unit. To my further surprise Big City Appliace Repair came out to pull the unit & repaired same day for a low flat fee.  Service tech Mark was professional courteous and fast.  I’d use this team again!  Good luck

February 1, 2021

Very satisfied with their services and customer service! Val didn’t take too long to figure out what the problem was with my 20 y/o fridge. He’s is super knowledgeable! Excellent service. Very professional, did a great job at fixing our stove. The serviceman was awesome!

Heating & Air

From our very first interaction with BigCity, we were impressed. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, friendly and honest. We entertained multiple HVAC companies to perform the services needed but BigCity’s experience was better than anyone else. They did a wonderful job. They are local and and very responsive.

Heating & Air

From our very first interaction with BigCity, we were impressed. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, friendly and honest. We entertained multiple HVAC companies to perform the services needed but BigCity’s experience was better than anyone else. They did a wonderful job. They are local and and very responsive.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Included In Air Conditioning Installation Service?

Air conditioning installation is a full-service experience from Big City. You can count on our team to take care of every step in the process so that you can smoothly transition from your old unit to the new unit and your home will be cooling again as soon as possible. 

Air conditioning services include:

  • initial consultation and quote
  • uninstallation and removal of the old AC unit
  • delivery and placement of the new AC unit
  • installation of the new AC unit
  • performance and quality testing
  • cleanup of the utility workspace

How Much Does it Cost to Replace an Air Conditioning System?

The cost of AC replacement can range between $4,000 and $12,000 depending on the size of your house and the type of AC you are replacing. Ductless mini-splits are by far the most expensive to install in your home and often define the upper range of your AC replacement installation costs. This is especially true if you are replacing one type of AC with another.

Installing a new central air unit costs, on average, around $6,000 including labor. However, the size and efficiency of your system will influence the cost of your AC. It’s always a good idea to look for energy efficiency and manufacturing rebates to help reduce the overall cost. Big City will work with you to find the best air conditioning installation options for your budget.

When Is It Time to Replace an Air Conditioner?

Air conditioners have a lifespan of about 10 years. If your AC starts to need frequent repairs after around a decade of performance, it’s time to plan for your air conditioning replacement. Watch out for ACs that start blowing cold air, making strange sounds or smells, or need repairing more often than once a year.

If your AC starts to fail, scheduling your air conditioning installation and replacement service ahead of time can prevent the disaster of an AC breakdown during a dangerous heatwave.

How Long Does Air Conditioning Installation Take?

Typically, an air conditioning installation will take about one day of work. The exact number of hours will depend on the unit, the system, and the home. For example, running a line for a ductless mini-split is much more involved than replacing your window unit.

Replacing a central air conditioning unit will take somewhere between four and eight hours.

You can get a more accurate estimate of your air conditioning installation time by asking after your in-home consultation. Your Big City air conditioning installation technician will be able to tell you about how long the installation should take based on the unit you are having installed and how the design of your home will shape that process.

Does Big City Offer AC Installation Service Outside of San Diego, CA?

Yes! Big City offers expert air conditioning installation services in broad service areas surrounding San Diego such as  La Mesa, Alpine, Lakeside, Coronado, Poway, Chula Vista, Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Santee, La Jolla, El Cajon, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, and Lemon Groove.

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