With the DIY craze running wild, there’s been some carryover to the HVAC industry. And for that reason, it’s common for homeowners to believe that a DIY mini split install is within the realm of possibilities.
While it’s not an impossible feat, there’s a lot that can go wrong. If the worst happens, you could end up with a system that doesn’t work and/or poses a threat to your safety.
Here are four reasons why a DIY mini split install could end up in disaster:
1. Choosing the Wrong System
The first step in installing a mini split is choosing a system. While this sounds like a simple task, with so many options you could soon find yourself lost and hoping that you guess right.
In addition to choosing a reputable system from a reputable company (Mitsubishi is a great choice), size always enters the equation.
If you choose a system that’s too small, it won’t adequately heat and cool your home. But if you choose one that’s too big, your operating costs will be higher than necessary.
2. The Layout
Where will you install the outdoor unit? How about the indoor air handlers?
Not only do you need to choose a layout based on how it looks, but performance always comes into play.
With a DIY install, it’s easy to focus so much attention on the appearance that you overlook the impact of your choices on the efficiency of the system.
3. A Small Mistake Can Cause Big Problems
An experienced professional knows the ins and outs of your system, thus allowing them to install it as suggested by the manufacturer.
As a DIY homeowner, you don’t have this luxury. And that’s especially true if it’s your first time installing a mini split system.
For example, leaks are one of the most common problems with mini splits. It’s not something to concern yourself with if your system is installed correctly, but should you make a mistake along the way a leak could rear its ugly head.
A small mistake can cause big problems such as a system that doesn’t work, wasted energy, and higher than expected heating and cooling bills.
4. Damage to Your Home
You’re installing a mini split system because of its benefits. You don’t want to find that it’s causing you more headaches than you ever imagined possible.
Take for example the installation of the indoor units. If you don’t properly install the mounts, it could begin to pull away from the wall. This can cause damage to your home, while also putting you and your family at risk.
When you’re dealing with an advanced home improvement project, such as this, your home is always at risk. And that’s why you must be extremely careful with a DIY approach.
So, Can I Install a Mini Split Myself?
If you’re still asking yourself this question, there’s one last thing you should do: contact us.
We can visit your home, answer your questions, pinpoint common setbacks, and help you decide what to do next.