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Can I Install a Heat Pump Myself?

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While there’s nothing stopping you from installing your own new heat pump system, it may be a better choice to hire an HVAC professional who’s trained in home service installations.

More Than a Day's Work

As much fun as it might be to take on the challenge of installing your own heat pump, the process may take you longer than you expect. Gathering all the right tools and following unfamiliar instructions can be a hassle.

Although most HVAC systems are similar, some may operate slightly different from what you have at home, requiring you to do extra research. By hiring an HVAC technician, they’ll come prepared with the right equipment and follow the steps to replacing your heat pump quickly and safely.

Leave it to the Pros

An HVAC professional will be sure to install your heat pump system properly, so you can sleep peacefully at night knowing your unit is reliable. Even though manual labor comes at a price, it’s worth saving yourself the frustration, time, and potential mistakes. The bottom line is, unless you’ve had previous experience with home installations, it may be your safest bet to contact a technician to help get your new heat pump up and running.

Is DIY Too Hot to Handle?

Are you up for the challenge? Here is a preview of the work ahead:

  • Install the condenser

  • Install the air handler

  • Connect the ductwork

  • Run and connect the refrigerant lines between the air handler and the condenser

  • Cover the lines

  • Connect all line and low voltage wiring

  • Install the condensate drain

  • Finalize connections and set up

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