Some Mini Split Installation FAQ’s
Can I put the unit in a Basement, Attic, Garage, Office building?
Absolutely. The mini split unit can be easily installed anywhere. In all cases, the drain pipe is pitched to the outside. In some cases, a condensate pump may be required.
Instead of installing compressor on the ground or backyard, can I install the compressor on the roof? Can the connection lines go up to the roof, instead going down?
Absolutely Yes. You can install the compressor on the roof or on the ground, would not make any difference. This is why mini splits are so convinient for installations. Check the installation diagram below.
What is the operating range of the unit?
The unit is rated to work between 62-90°F.
What happens if the unit requires servicing after the 1 year NO HASSLE warranty period?
You still have FIVE year compressor Warranty and 3 Years on ALL PARTS. All Our mini splits conditioning units can be serviced and repaired by any professional air conditioning company. Most likely you won't need any servicing if properly installed. We have one of the best "Toshiba Compressor" in our mini splits compared to any "B" grade compressors which some company's sell.
If I decide to install it myself, will I need vacuums to charge up the lines. I assume that the lines need to be charged up with refrigerant and that it has to be setup by a qualified air conditioning technician correct?
YES. YOU WILL NEED A SET OF GAUGES FOR R410A AND A VACUUM OR JUST CONTACT A HVAC QUALIFIED SERVICE TECH AND PAY BETWEEN $150-$200 FOR A FINAL SET-UP AFTER YOU INSTALL THE UNIT.
Is this something that I could install myself?
YES AND NO. If you are not sure what you are doing, you will end up installing it incorrectly and thereby will loose the warranty.
Is outside unit a metal or a plastic case?
Metal case as plastic vibrates and make a buzz. It is made of Galvanized enamel coated metal.
ALL SPLIT CONDENSERS ARE 100% WEATHERPROOF.
RAIN, SUN AND SNOW WON'T BOTHER.
SHOULD THE CONDENSER BE ON A FLAT SURFACE OUTSIDE? IS IT FINE EVEN IF IT IS ON THE GRASS?
IT IS ALWAYS RECOMMENDED FOR THE CONDENSER TO BE ON A PATIO BLOCK OR BRICK TO RAISE IT A FEW INCHES BUT IT IS WATERPROOF.
The distance between my indoor and the outdoor unit will be more than 25 ft.
- Is it ok to extend it upto 90 ft?
YES IT IS (depends upon what brand you buy)
- What kind of pipe extentions or what quality do I need?
Either solder silver the new copper lines on or flair with a coupling.
- Where will I get this quality from? home depot?
YES, Home depot or any plumbing supply store.
Where on the wall should I install the indoor unit and How high?
4" FROM THE TOP OF THE AIR HANDLER INSIDE AND CEILING IS REQUIRED.
What if I want the indoor unit installed at a 6 ft high?
IF YOU HAVE NO CHOICE AND WANT TO MOUNT IT LOWER EFFICINECY WILL BE LOW AND MAY NOT COOL WELL.
COLD AIR FALLS AND WARM AIR RISES. So higher the indoor unit, better it will cool the room.
Can I install indoor unit 2 ft above the floor?
Not recommended but may work ok though. FLOOR MOUNT IS NOT RECOMMENDED IN MINI SPLITS.
I don't want to install the outdoor unit in my backyard or on my roof. What if I want the outdoor unit installed on the outside wall instead?
Wall bracket for condenser is an option and in stock only for $45 plus $15 shipping. Great value.
Does mini split has air purification capabilities? Air filters?
Yes. Cold catalyst air filter.
Can the outdoor unit be in the straight line with indoor unit, or it always should be above or below the indoor unit level?
Straight betwen condenser and air handler line is ok .
I can't directly run the expel tube down to a drain. I may have to actually pump it back up 10 feet to the roof? What are the options to the direct gravity method for moisture expel?
You can add more drain pipe to reach the ground or you can put a
condensate pump and pump it anywhere you want to.
What size breaker and gauge wire would you suggest?
The 24,000 btu unit is rated for a 20 amp breaker, which requires 12 gauge wire at 25’ (distance between outdoor unit and the breaker)
The 18,000 btu unit is rated for a 15 amp breaker, which requires 14 gauge wire at 25’ (distance between outdoor unit and the breaker)
The 12,000 btu unit is rated for a 20 amp breaker, which requires 12 gauge wire at 25’ (distance between outdoor unit and the breaker)
The 9,000 btu unit is rated for a 15 amp breaker, which requires 14 gauge wire at 25’ (distance between outdoor unit and the breaker)
Is there only one copper tube or two?
2 copper lines.
Is the drain line a flexible tube or solid pvc?
It is Flexible
Distance from inside air handler to consenser is 30'. How would I add to the standard 25' length that is included? Can I get a 5' length with flared ends and a coupling?
Yes you can buy the extra flared and coupling from any plumbing store or home depot.
How would you suggest I make 90 degree turns in copper tube?
You can do it slowly with your two hands and a large radius to make the 90.
Does Power only run to Main Compresssor Unit and the Fan piggy Backs off of the main Compressor? Or does power need to be run to both Units Individualy?
POWER ONLY TO CONDENSER OUTSIDE UNIT THAN IT FEEDS TO THE
Do your mini-split units have the electric heat strips or do they have heat pumps.
They are Heat pumps. No heat strip. But unlike many other heat pumps, they run down to 17 deg F.
I will be running the pipes high 30 feet. Is that much elevation ok?
20 FEET MAX IS OK. YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GO 25' UP AS WELL BUT IT MAYBE A PROBLEM.