One search on Kijiji will reveal numerous people offering to install a heat pump for you. Some of these people are actual refrigeration technicians looking for work to do on evenings and weekends, while others may just be folks that are handy and have successfully completed the install of one or more heat pumps.
There’s an attraction there as it’s usually less expensive than hiring a company, such as us at South Shore HVAC, to supply and install a heat pump.
However, there are several reasons to get a professional heat pump install done, and we’re going to cover those in this post.
If you opt to have your neighbour, relative or someone off Kijiji complete your install, at least you’ll know the PROS and CONS of making that decision.
Quality of Machine
The first thing to consider is what type of machine you want. At South Shore HVAC we supply and install Daikin brand heat pumps. We are a Daikin Comfort Pro dealer, which means Daikin authorizes us to complete the install and our tech is trained on Daikin specific procedures.
Other top brands such as Fujitsu and Mitsubishi have similar types of requirements for their dealers. They don’t allow just anyone off the street to come in and buy a unit.
Why? Because the brand wants to ensure that a quality install is completed so that the machine performs to the best of its capabilities.
A poor quality install can lead to poor performance and premature failure. This harms the brand recognition.
If you want to invest in a top tier heat pump brand such as Daikin, then you must be willing to get a professional heat pump install.
Lifespan of the Machine
The quality of the install of your heat pump can play just as big a role in how long it lasts as the unit you buy.
If the installer of your heat pump does not pressure check the system, check for leaks or use a vacuum to pump the system to remove all traces of moisture then you could be facing premature compressor failure.
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If there’s a leak or improper vacuuming of the system was done during install then everything will appear fine in the beginning but over the coming weeks and months, you will notice that the amount of heat (or cooling) the machine produces declines.
The compressor needs to work harder either because there is moisture in the lines or there is less refrigerant than there should be. This working harder reduces the compressor’s lifespan and can void warranty coverage from the manufacturer.
Warranty Coverage on the Machine
Look at the warranty card or manual for just about any ductless heat pump, and you’ll see that the manufacturer states you must have the unit installed by a qualified refrigeration technician.
Of course, the manufacturer doesn’t know who did the install, but if a warranty issue arises and it’s deemed to be caused by improper installation, then you won’t be left with a leg to stand on in that argument.
Post-Install Service & Questions
The final reason to have a professional HVAC company install your heat pump is to ensure you have someone you can call if there’s a post-install question or service issue.
When you hire someone under the table to install your heat pump you undoubtedly will get a low price. However, that person who does the install doesn’t really want to hear from you in a few weeks if you have a question on the unit’s operation or you have a service problem.
When you opt for a non-professional install, the price to install the unit is low for a reason. They plan on only spending 4-5 hours to get the unit in and then they’re done. There’s no thought put into what may come down the line if there’s an issue.
There you have it. Four reasons you need to have a professional install on your heat pump. Now you have the PROS and CONS of opting to have someone install it for cash versus hiring an HVAC company to do the job for you.
If you’d like to arrange a consult with us to discuss location and sizing of a Daikin brand heat pump that’s right for your home, give us a call today or submit the sidebar form on this page and we’ll get back to you within one business day.