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Old 09-21-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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I was curious, how hard is it to install a heat pump. I'm in no hurry at this point just researching it at this point. Is this a DIY ? I'm pretty inclined.

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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I really like to DIY when I can, but I believe this is not a DIY job.

Not only is there a lot of knowledge required, there's also a lot of expensive equipment you'd have to purchase.

On top of that: my understanding is that the quality of the installation is more important than the name on the unit.

Plus you'd probably end up in a situation with no warranty.

Sometimes, it pays to have a pro. This is one of those times. IMHO

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I appreciate it.. I would suppose that applies to Geothermal as well
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I would suspect even more so, especially if you're doing a vertical "well" drilling installation
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So how much something like this would cost?
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:48 PM   #6
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vacuum pump costs about $350.00 cheapest, torch set (oxygen/acetylene) about $350 average including bottles (empty, though, about $15-$20 per bottle fill) plus minimum 5% sodder @ $60.00, nitrogen and then last but not least refrigerant, $400.00 a jug. Let's not forget copper and all hand tools such as tubing cutters to do the job. Cuple of hundred total, rolls of 50' each line. they don't sell partial rolls.

Heat pump size would be detrimental to an hvac contractor's installed and warrantied price.
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unless its a package unit... then it is get a stand built, an interface duct and a crane.

I would suggest that rather then DIY, become educated on the science of HVAC (google is your friend!!!!). Learn up on manual j, manual d, building envelope science and be an informed consumer!!!!!!!!!

With a good design, good installation and good preventive maintenance almost any HVAC system can last 20 years or more. If the above is done poorly, 7 to 10 year life can be expected, as well as high monthly bills.

bottom line is that initial installation takes tools, skills and lots of education. regular maint is easy after that!!!!!!
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I appreciate it.. I would suppose that applies to Geothermal as well
Install, or swap out?

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