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How Long Heat Pump Installation Really Takes

Heat pump installation in Columbia Falls, MT  involves several steps and considerations to ensure proper functioning and efficiency. Let’s go over what the process entails in this helpful guide.

Assessment, Sizing, & Type: The first step is to assess your heating and cooling needs and determine the appropriate heat pump size for your space. Factors such as the size of your home, insulation, climate, and desired temperature range all play a role in sizing the unit correctly. There are several types of heat pumps available from standard models to cold-climate heat pumps that can still work efficiently in sub-zero temperatures. Choose the type that best suits your location, budget, and heating/cooling requirements.

Site Inspection and Preparation: A site inspection is conducted to determine the best location for the heat pump unit. Factors such as accessibility, clearance requirements, and proximity to the indoor air handler or ductwork are considered. Proper clearance around the unit is crucial for adequate airflow.

Indoor Unit Installation: If you are installing a ducted system, the indoor unit (air handler) is typically installed in a utility room, basement, or attic space. If you are using a ductless mini-split system, indoor air handlers are mounted directly on the walls of individual rooms.

Outdoor Unit Installation: The outdoor unit, which contains the compressor and heat exchanger, is installed outside the home. It should be placed on a level surface away from obstructions like bushes or debris that could impede airflow.

Refrigerant Line Installation: Refrigerant lines connect the indoor and outdoor units and carry refrigerant between them. These lines must be carefully installed to prevent leaks and optimize system performance.

Electrical Wiring: Proper electrical wiring is crucial for the safe and efficient operation of the heat pump. A qualified electrician will handle the installation of the electrical components, including wiring the indoor and outdoor units to the power supply.

System Testing and Commissioning: Once the installation is complete, the system is thoroughly tested to ensure all components are functioning correctly. This includes testing airflow, refrigerant charge, thermostat operation, and overall system performance.

User Training: Finally, the homeowner should receive training on how to operate and maintain the heat pump system effectively. This includes instructions on changing air filters, adjusting thermostat settings, and scheduling routine maintenance.

Installation Time

Installing a ductless heat pump Single-Zone Mini Split system, which includes one outdoor unit and one indoor unit, is suitable for controlling the temperature of a small apartment or house. You can expect installation to take 4-8 hours but you should be available for the full day in case it takes longer. Multi-zoned installations may take up to two to three days depending on weather conditions and the challenges presented by the site.


Heat pumps are year-round systems used for both cooling and heating and have become a leading choice for home comfort among many Columbia Falls, MT area homeowners. Residents count on Bill’s Superheat, Inc. for seamless and efficient installation. Contact us to learn more about whether a heat pump is a good option for you and your family.

For all of your heat pump needs and more, contact Bill’s Superheat, Inc. today! Here to Save the Day!

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