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When Heat Pump Installation Gets Tricky


Congratulations on choosing a new heat pump and making an installation appointment! That was a great decision. Heat pumps are the ideal solution for providing cooling all summer and cutting down on your energy bills with super-efficient heating for the spring and fall. But perhaps you’ve still got some questions.

What should you expect on installation day? What will the technicians do when they arrive with your new heat pump? How long will heat pump installation take? What complications could make the process tricky? What can you do to make it go as smoothly as possible?

Heat Pump Installation

The first step your installers take will be to assess the situation and communicate the installation plan with you. Then they’ll prepare themselves and the area, laying down a drop cloth or putting covers on their boots if necessary. If you’ve had a heat pump before, they’ll remove it. If you’ve had a traditional central AC unit instead, they’ll remove that. Now it’s time for the new one!

Your new heat pump indoor and outdoor units will be put into position and connected. The technicians will run them for a bit to make sure everything’s operating correctly. They’ll show you how to use it, give you the owner’s manual, and answer any questions you have. Then they’ll tidy up after themselves and say goodbye! It may take as little as four hours, or more like eight.

Heat Pump Installation Complications

There are some situations that make heat pump installation more complicated. In these cases, it might even take more than a single day to get your system fully installed. This would be discussed with you ahead of time by your installation team. The main reason for a longer or more complex installation would be when modifications need to be made to allow the system to be installed.

If you’ve never had a central AC system, you’re likely to need some more extensive set-up in order to facilitate it. Installing ductwork is a separate step that would have to be done before your heat pump is set up. If you’ve chosen a ductless system, that will be quicker to set up than ductwork, but it will still be an additional process. Another complication would be if your ductwork is in need of significant repair.

Streamlining Your Installation Process

There are a few things you can do to make things quicker and easier for your installation techs. Clear a path from the driveway to the location of the outdoor unit, and to the door that will be used for bringing in the indoor unit. Clear space in the house for the unit to be carried in and an area for the technicians to work around both the indoor and outdoor units.

Finally, just before your technicians are due to arrive, consider the pets in your home. While we love a friendly dog or cat, we certainly work faster and more smoothly without curious paws and noses in the way. And we would feel terrible if we allowed an indoor pet to escape out the door! So please shut them in a separate part of the house so they’ll be safe.

If you have any other questions about your heat pump installation in Hibbing, MN, don’t hesitate to ask.

Reach out to Mesaba Heating & Air Conditioning today. Service to you is success to us!

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