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Can I Install My Own Heat Pump? (The Answer: You Shouldn’t)

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After years of saving and searching, you bought your dream home. That’s a major accomplishment because about 64.8 percent of Americans own their homes!

One of your favorite parts about owning your home is doing DIY home upgrades and repairs. The next task on your to-do list is a new heat pump.

But, this isn’t your average upgrade that a homeowner can do by themselves. Keep reading to find out why you shouldn’t try to install a pump to heat your home on your own.

What Does A Heat Pump Do?

Before we can look at the risks of DIY installation, we should ask “what is a heat pump and how does it work”? Think of it as a more efficient form of air conditioning that can also heat your home!

In a heat pump system, a compressor, a couple of fans, and some copper coils move heat either into or out of your home. If you want to heat your home, warm air gets drawn into the system and pushed into your house while also drawing out cold air from your home and moving it outside.

It works the same way, but in the opposite direction if you want to cool your home. If you want to learn more about how these systems work, see more here.

Not Every House Can Use A Pump For Heat Transfer

Sometimes, a pump isn’t the best way to heat and cool your home. These systems work best when the exterior temperature stays above 40 degrees for most of the year. Below that, the pump will lose efficiency and cost you more money to run than it should.

Figuring Out What Size To Use

Another major issue for DIY homeowners is choosing the wrong size pump for their home. This causes the system not to function well and your energy bill will skyrocket. A seasoned professional can tell you what size pump you should use to get the results you want.

Pump Charging Complications

Have you ever charged your air conditioner with more coolant? If you want to install your own mini-split heat pump you’ll need to charge it before you use it.

Too little coolant and you’ll overheat the pump motor. If you go the other way and overcharge the system, the condensing coil pressure gets too high and decreases the heat transfer efficiency.

Pump Up The Heat In Your Home

You want your refrigerator and freezer cold, but not your home. No one wants to wear their winter gear indoors.

The best way to heat your home is to use any available heat outside. But, these complicated systems aren’t easy to install. For this job, it’s best to give the pros a call.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you learned why you shouldn’t attempt to install a heat pump yourself. If you’re looking for more helpful articles about homes, DIY, decorating and much more, check out the rest of our blog today!

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