Get The Rebate

Due to the success of the program, available incentive funds are nearly depleted. The last day to reserve projects for the 2017 program is September 29, 2017. The program will resume with new funds in January 2018.

Rebate Guidelines

Use these charts as guidelines when you talk with your participating contractor.

Let an approved ENERGY STAR® A/C Quality installer handle the job and SCE is offering up to $750* in rebates.

Revised Incentive Schedule
System 2017 Incentives
Quality Installation Split System AC or HP 15 SEER or greater $750.00
Quality Installation Package units AC or HP 15 SEER or greater $750.00

² AC Units must meet minimum requirements per equipment tier to qualify for rebate.
³ Heat Pump Units must meet minimum requirements per equipment tier to qualify for rebate.

How It Works

When it's time to replace your A/C system, it is important to get a quality installation. Southern California Edison (SCE) is here to help you overcome the higher cost of installing high efficiency equipment and help the installing contractor overcome the higher cost of meeting ENERGY STAR® Quality Installation Guidelines. To ensure you get the best performance, your new equipment must be properly installed.

How does Quality Installation help you? Our program focuses on the installation, making sure it meets ENERGY STAR® Quality Installation (QI) Guidelines, these guidelines include selecting the right high efficiency equipment to match the needs of your home.

To make sure the equipment performs and the installation is right SCE provides a rebate of up to $750* to you after the equipment is installed. By participating in this program you can be assured that sound industry practices were used during the design and installation of the air conditioning system and that your equipment operates at the designed efficiency levels paying you back overtime through lower energy bills. Your installation costs can be substantially decreased when you combine this program with manufacturer rebates and the additional tax credits* potentially available for high efficiency equipment.

Use our Helpful Tips when hiring a contractor. You can be assured that participating contractors utilize sound industry practices during the design and installation of the air conditioning system. Note: A participating contractor must be used to be eligible for rebates. If you contact your preferred contractor and he decides to attend SCE's specific training and meets the requirements for participating contractors he would then be considered a participating contractor making you eligible for rebates.

* Please consult your tax expert on any tax credit to which you may be entitled.

A/C Quality Installation

An improper installation costs more in the long run - using more electricity, running up your bill, and making your Air Conditioning (A/C) work harder, which can shorten equipment life. You can lose as much as 30% of the cooling efficiency you're paying for.

Rebate Guidelines

Quality Installation Guide

The ANSI/ACCA 5 QI-2010: HVAC Quality Installation Specification is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved standard that describes the necessary steps a contractor must take to ensure a quality installation.

Quality Installation focuses on how well the equipment is selected and installed. ENERGY STAR® has adopted the ACCA Quality Installation Specification as the basic guideline for its program, so your contractor's familiarity with it helps assure you of quality work.

The QI Specification was developed by a broad coalition of industry experts, including contractors, original equipment manufacturers, utilities and industry associations. The core areas include:

  • Equipment aspects such as building heat gain/loss load calculations, equipment capacity selection and matched components (indoor and outdoor)
  • Installation aspects such as airflow, refrigeration charge and electrical requirements
  • Duct distribution aspects such as duct leakage and air balance
  • Documentation aspects such as proper system documentation and owner education.

The QI Specification ensures that sound industry practices were used during the design and installation of the air conditioning system, meaning that your equipment operates efficiently and helps save you money as long as you use it, assuming proper maintenance. In order to maintain optimal operation throughout the life of the equipment, proper maintenance and servicing should be conducted as recommended by the installing contractor.


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