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Ductless mini-split installation cost guide for 2022

Ductless Mini-Split Installation Cost

Cost to install a new mini-split system

  • Labor and materials – $4,220
  • Labor only – $1,220
Cost to replace an existing mini-split system
  • Labor and materials – $3,900
  • Labor only – $900

Cost to Install A New Mini-Split System

Many homeowners use mini-split as a great solution for home additions, garage conversions, or just wanting more heating and cooling for your home. The cost of a new mini-split can vary in cost based on size, equipment, and application. On average homeowners will spend about $4,340 for a new mini-split installation.

Detailed Pricing Breakout To Install a new Mini-Split

Item Equipment CostLabor CostTotal Cost
3-ton mini-split$3,000$3,000
Run a new electrical line to the condenser $500$500
Set new pad and mini-split condenser$60$60
Run a new line set and drain line$360$360
Hang the mini-split head$240$240
Hook up electrical$60$60
Calibrate the system$120$120
Total$3,000$1,340$4,340

new Installation done right

Installing a new mini-split isn’t necessarily a complicated process but is the most critical factor for the longevity of the system. If a mini-split is installed wrong, it could reduce its useful life expectancy by as much as ten years. 

Install Checklist

  • Is the new electrical circuit sized right and stand-alone
  • Is a quick disconnect installed inline to the condenser 
  • Is the line set blown out before being hooked up
  • Is a vacuum pulled before opening the king valve
  • Is the freon levels calibrated
  • Is the communicating wire between the condenser and heads hooked up correctly
  • Is the condenser and heads level
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Cost to Replace An existing Mini-Split System

As we all know air conditioners don’t last forever and will eventually need to be replaced. Replacing an existing mini-split is a little easier than installing a new one but there are a few critical steps that must be taken in order to get everything right. On average the cost to replace a mini-split is going to run around $3,900.

Detailed Pricing Breakout To replace a Mini-Split

Item Equipment CostLabor CostTotal Cost
3-ton mini-split$3,000$3,000
Pump Down System$60$60
Remove existing equipment$60$60
Install new mini-split condenser$360$360
Hang new mini-split head$240$240
Acid flush the line set$60$60
Calibrate the system$120$120
Total$3,000$900$3,900

mini-split replacement done right

Replacing an existing mini-split is a little easier than installing a new one because the line set and electrical is already in place and many times can be reused. One of the most important things to know about a system replacement is the install process is critical for the mini-split to work long term.

Replacement Checklist

  • Is the line set cleaned using an acid flush before hook up
  • Is a vacuum pulled before opening the king valve
  • Is the freon levels calibrated
  • Is the communicating wire between the condenser and heads hooked up correctly
  • Is the condenser and heads level

Best Mini-Split brands

There are a lot of mini-split brands out there, but how do you know which one is right for you? It depends on the application. Do you need something cheap, or reliable, or efficient? Each of these questions has a different answer. If you are looking for something cheap Senville or Fujitsu will get the job done but if you want something reliable I would lean more toward Mitsubishi or Daikin. 

Top mini-split brands

BrandLabor & Material Costs
Daikin
LG
Mitsubishi
Pioneer

Best mini-split for reliability

If you are looking for a long-term solution to heat and cool an area of your home or simply minimize that amount of future maintenance, there are a few things that are worth considering before making a buying decision. 

1st) Installation Process

Many homeowners are unaware that the installation process will have the most significant impact on the longevity of the mini-split and the number of future repairs you might have. This is why I recommend using an HVAC contractor to do the install for you. If one little thing is done wrong it could have a major impact on the life expectancy of the system. When considering how to move forward, the best thing to do is to put just as much emphasis on the HVAC contractor as you are on the brands you are considering.

2nd) Where to buy

The next thing to consider, an HVAC contractor is going to have access to higher quality mini-splits than what you are going to be able to find online. As we all know, the primary factor that helps consumers buy more of a product is lower prices, sometimes that comes with lower quality. We have found this to be the case with mini-splits when customers ask us to do this installation for them. If you are looking for the highest quality mini-split, I recommend using an HVAC contractor to provide the equipment.

3rd) Best Mini-Split Brands

Lastly, we have the different mini-split brands to consider. There are a lot of different mini-split brands and it can be hard to choose the right one. There are a few brands on the market that take pride in quality over pricing. Here are our top picks for the top 3 mini-split brands.

  1. Daikin
  2. Mitsubishi
  3. LG

In our experience, if you choose any one of these three brands you’re going to end up with a good system that will perform day in and day out.

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Best priced mini split

If you are planning to move out of your current home in the next few years or are working on a project that needs a temporary solution for heating and cool, there are a few brands you may want to consider. Brands like Senville or Fujitsu are a good place to start your research. 

Top Inexpensive mini-split brands

BrandLabor & Material Costs
Senville
Fujitsu
DuctlessAire
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