How to install a heat pump correctly

Installing a heat pump is a complicated process, so you want to be sure you have an experienced contractor working for you.

There’s a lot involved – electrical, ducting, plumbing, and gas – so this job is not for a do-it-yourselfer.

The professional approach usually goes this way:
• Start outside by installing the condenser unit with bolts or brackets. Location is important: no vegetation too close to interfere with air flow, and enough distance from the roof to keep debris, snow and rain away.

• Go inside to install the air handling unit. Each manufacturer has its own requirements for clearance, so it’s important to follow the manual.

• Drill a hole to allow a connection between the indoor and outdoor units. This hole will accommodate the control wire, the refrigerant lines, and the condensate drain hose.

• A vacuum pump and a gauge manifold are needed to make sure the lines are dry and have no leaks.

• A test run will show how well the system operates and determine if any adjustments are needed.

•A smart contractor will use discreet covering to hide any signs of the work on the outside of your home or business.

Premier’s veteran technicians are authorities on installing heat pumps and other HVAC equipment.