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How Long Does Heat Pump Installation Take?


You’ve seen that heat pumps can cut your heating and cooling costs in half. Your current HVAC system already has one foot out the door, so what’s stopping you from an upgrade?

Time. It’s important to know how much time these installations take so you can plan your busy schedule around them.

We’re here to tell you that heat pump installation doesn’t have to take a long time. We’ll break down everything you need to know before calling for your first heat pump installation right now.

The Process and How Long it Takes

On average, heat pump installation ranges from about three to four hours. If your heat pump installation includes new ductwork, that may take a full day. Let’s talk about the process so you can conceptualize it for yourself.

Your technician will need to:

  • Prepare the Area: Remove debris from the outdoor area and clear a path to the indoor area where your heat pump condenser will be installed.
  • Remove Existing Unit: Whatever existing HVAC unit or heat pump you have will be removed to make room for the new unit.
  • Running Refrigerant Lines: New refrigerant lines will run from your heat pump to the indoor condenser.
  • New Electrical Wiring: Your heat pump needs to know when to switch modes, and it uses an electrical signal to operate the valve to do so. New wiring will be installed for this.
  • Mounting: Your outdoor unit needs to be mounted on a slab to remain elevated off the ground.

So what does this mean for installation time? It’s a rough outline of the process, so now let’s talk about what issues you may run into during an installation.

  • Improper Sizing: If the heat pump is too big, it can result in rapid cycling. This stresses out the motor faster than it needs to be. Your home may also encounter uneven temperatures; it just won’t feel right even if you use the right settings on your thermostat.
  • Problems With Clearance: Heat pumps need airflow for the outside unit. Without sufficient airflow, it can’t maintain the refrigerant coils properly. This makes your heat pump work harder, endure more stress, and may result in poor performance for heating and cooling your home.
  • Leaks From Installations: If the heat pump is installed improperly, refrigerant may leak. It’s not supposed to leak out, so leaks indicate an issue with copper refrigerant lines.

Quality technicians will test your installation as they go to catch issues as they occur. Our technicians go through extensive training and have the right experience to install your heat pump the right way. We know how to leave the project the way you envisioned it.

It’s Time to Pull the Trigger

If you have the time and means to get a heat pump installed, your wallet will thank you. Heat pump installations don’t have to take long when you have trustworthy, professional technicians on your side from First Choice Heating & Cooling.

Contact First Choice Heating & Cooling for your next heat pump installation. If your home had a voice … it would call First Choice!

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