expat builders guide
Rick B wrote:Otis, I believe typical costs today in Thailand for A/C units, intalled, are 20,000 baht for 12,000-13,000 BTU units and 25,000 baht for 18,000 BTU units. These prices would be for a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim type unit. If you shop around, you will probably find cheaper prices for same size units from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, etc.. But I happen to like Mitsubishi's quality and have always used them while living in Thailand. Also, if you buy the units somewhere yourself and then want to have them installed, a local installer usually charges 2,000 baht per unit, all materials included. Hope this helps.
MrRee wrote:If installing a central air unit, expect to be quoted based upon how nice/big your house looks . Some quotes I received for my build clearly indicated the yaba business is doing well. The fan coil unit and the compressor unit can both be installed for THB 4-7k (depending on length of required piping - first 4m is "free"). The air duct is where you will get bent over. A "fair" price for a pro quality job using top materials (pre-insulated air duct sheets custom bent) is about the same cost of the FCU + CU. The air vents will run about THB 1-1.4k each.
My niece's boyfriend (does it for a living in BKK) ended up doing mine at cost plus a fair profit and far less than the nearest commercial quote. He did a helluva job and is one of the sharpest Thais I've ever encountered. First visit he draws a 3-D schematic on a bare wall with a rock chip not five minutes after he listens to what I want. He is also not shy about giving better ideas to do the job right the first time - I thought I was back in Kansas. I highly recommend without reservation and he does travel anywhere. He does not speak English, but if you speak very good Thai you will find him and his thought processes to be very, very impressive. Send PM.
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