I am looking to convert my attic into an office. Its quite large 21X19
in one area and another smaller area of 12X 16 ft. I am thinking we
will need what I guess is a dual zone system. Mitsubishi I head makes
teh most quiest system and because I will be working up there during
the day, and on the phone a lot, I am hoping I wont hear these things
wizzing all day.
I live in PA. so I think I will need a mitsubishi heat pump system and
not just cooling only.
Looks like they are syaing we will have to drill small holes where the
copper comes in to the mounting indoor air handler, which shouldnt be a
Should my husband do most of the work himsefl and then call our AC
installer to do the freon? We need to save money anywhere we can but I
dont want to void any warranties.
Good timing Janice. Mitsubishi heat pump 2 head system is exactly what
you need. Give me a call and I will get you all set up with pricing
Look forward to talking to you
Fujitsu has some great offerings for a whole lot less money. My customers
have been absolutely thrilled with the ones I have installed for them. They
are almost virtually silent. I do recommend that you get the higher grade
offerings... it will be worth the money. They still need to be installed by
a pro tho. There should be contractors listed for your area on
Janice, a few years back I gave into my wife's request for an air
conditioner. In chatting with a friend he told me another friend of his had
bought a Samsung 2 head unit and left it in his barn for storage. The other
friend moved to Texas the next spring and my buddy was happy to get rid of
it. He had central air already. So for $1000.00 I bought it and did the
install. Really a great bargain I thought considering the Mrs had quotes of
close to $3500.
The install is pretty straight forward really. The hole through the outside
wall concerned me as a leaky drain inside a wall can really mess things up.
I found some flexible shop vacuum hose that made it so any leaks would
either be apparent on the inside wall or outside...no way can condensate
leak into the wall chamber. With that hint given let me tell you the horror
stories... I bought it from a friend remember and it was sold about 2 years
before I installed it. So I had no sales slip and no warranty even though
the boxes were clearly marked with shipping labels from the dealer that sold
it. One of the head units had a bad power supply and the other had no
remote control. Both quite expensive and painful to track down. Yes I
still saved about half her quote but with buying the replacement parts and
paying the pro to troubleshoot and charge the system the wallet was
The Pro was rather inpressed with the job I had done up to havng to call
him...or at least he said so and said he wished his installers took as much
pride in their work.
5 years later we are still enjoying it though here in Vermont it really only
runs about 20 days a year unless we use the fan mode to circulate some air.
One room is heated with a woodstove. The other is a 600 sq foot daycare
space that is heated with a Monitor heater in the winter. So I have no
advice on the heat pump models.
So all in all if you and your husband are very accomplished in electrical
and plumbing as well as some remodelling skills I would say you can do most
of the install yourself. I had no real trouble finding some one to service
it but here in Vermont we may be a bit more friendly than PA.
You can try to have a pro charge it but please lose the term "Freon".
Saying Freon in front of any installer will probably have him/her seeing
dollar signs and trying to "pull the wool over your eyes" by overcharging
A Freon is a CFC or HCFC refrigerant such as R12 or R22 made by DuPont
chemicals. Their term for HFC refrigerants like the R134a in your fridge
and car is Suva. R410a is a mixed refrigerant sometimes called Puron by
Carrier. Different companies use different names for the same thing.
So ask which refrigerant it uses and you should be OK.
Why is it dumb? It is true.
It's kind of like when a person is at the shop talking to the mechanic and
the convo goes like this: "A little oil can thingie lit up on my dash a few
days ago then today it started making a loud noise and shut off" Some
mechanics see dancing dollar signs at that point kind of like in Conker's
Bad Fur Day.
Ya mean like when you call around to find a "tech" with the lowest service
call price, and after being charged for 4 or 5 service calls with "repairs",
and he still hasn't corrected the original problem.... OTOH, you could have
paid for a *competent* tech, the original problem would have been corrected
the first time, and you would have been several hundreds of dollars ahead.
You can pay to get it done cheap, and pay and pay and pay..... or you can
pay to get it done right the first time.
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