Heat Pump Installation: Why You Need an Expert


Discover exactly why your heat pump installation and service should be conducted by a professional.

Heat pump installation and servicing should always be done by an HVAC-R professional. You may think you are saving time and money in the short term by taking on the work yourself or hiring a low-cost alternative online, but in the long run, it could end up costing you much more if the proper precautions are not taken into consideration.

The Heat Pump Installation Process

You have decided to purchase a heat pump for your home so you can feel comfortable year-long by staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There is a lot of helpful information available to homeowners online and through your local energy provider about heat pumps. Because a heat pump is an investment for your home, you’ll want to be sure you choose the right one for your needs and your space. Book an assessment with your local Daikin dealer to ensure that you purchase the heat pump model that is right for your home.

Once you are ready to book your heat pump install, you should ask the contractor to provide proof that they have a Red Seal HVAC-R journeyperson on staff. Or book your heat pump installation with a certified Daikin dealer. They are professionals that are required to have a Red Seal HVAC-R journeyperson on staff to ensure your heat pump is installed properly. They are also kept up-to-date on the latest HVAC-R and Daikin technology by regularly attending training. Heat pump installation projects are often scheduled within one to two weeks of your call.

Heat pump installation can often be completed in as little as a half-day by a certified Daikin dealer. The typical install process of a mini split system includes:

  • Installing the outdoor unit
  • Installing the indoor equipment
  • Connecting the outdoor and indoor equipment
  • Installing other parts such as line covers, vacuum pumps, and gauge manifolds

When new ductwork is being installed for a ducted unit, or if an oil furnace is being removed, the process is slightly more lengthy due to the more complicated nature of the work.

Pitfalls of DIY Heat Pump Installation

Heat pump installation should not be a DIY task for many reasons. A certified Daikin dealer not only has the Red Seal HVAC-R credentials to do the work, but they also have the experience of installing Daikin heat pumps and equipment. They have the tools and know-how to install your heat pump correctly, ensuring the lifespan of the equipment.

The warranty on many ductless heat pumps requires that the equipment be installed by a professional. Should any early problems arise with the equipment due to improper installation, associated costs will not be covered.

Many DIY installs do not follow proper installation procedure. They do not evacuate the system with a vacuum pump prior to charging with refrigerant to ensure a dry and tight system. Because there is potential for moisture to still be in the system, acid will form, causing irregular operation and significantly lowering the lifespan of the equipment.

Be sure to book your installation with your local Daikin dealer so that it is completed correctly to prevent any issues that could arise from a DIY install.

Why Professionals Should Service Your Heat Pump

For the same reasons a professional should conduct your heat pump installation, your certified Daikin dealer should also perform an annual deep clean, maintenance, and service on your heat pump. They can also provide you with tips on how to help maximize the lifespan of your heat pump, such as keeping the outdoor equipment free of snow, ice, and leaves.

Find a Professional Heat Pump Dealer Near You to Book an Installation or Service

“Measure twice, cut once”, as the saying goes—you’ll want a certified Daikin dealer to conduct your heat pump installation so it’s done correctly. They make themselves available to answer post-installation questions in case you find yourself wondering if the equipment needs servicing or how and when to protect it from winter weather. Also, when it’s professionally installed and serviced, it will be sure to work for all the reasons you purchased it in the first place, including energy efficiency, cost savings, and year-round comfort through heating and cooling.

Find your nearest certified Daikin dealer to book your heat pump installation or service.