Can I DIY an air source heat pump installation?

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Old 09-12-14, 12:58 PM
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Can I DIY an air source heat pump installation?

I have roommates with substantial construction experience, but not in installing heat pumps. The house was built in 1962 and has the original oil furnace, complete with $3000 annual bill for oil. I have been reading about air source heat pumps. Looks like one would save me quite a bit, but the initial cost of installation is beyond my budget. How difficult are they to install? The ductwork is in very good shape, btw. Thanks!
 
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Old 09-12-14, 04:21 PM
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Heat pumps struggle when outdoor temperatures dip below freezing.
Your Auxiliary heat would see a lot of run time as far north as you are.

The installation of an air source heat pump is not considered a DIY project.
 
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Old 09-12-14, 04:50 PM
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OP is in the Tacoma area.

Actually Houston...there are plenty of homes up in that area that don't have any A/C and very minimal heat sources. Depending on the exact location and age/construction of the home, it might be a viable alternative I think. It doesn't get as cold up there as people think.

We were at a friends newer house on Bainbridge Island (weird design, five staggered levels with basement and sub-basement) and they had no A/C and heat was provided by one or two in wall forced air electric heaters based on size of room. Pretty low electrical rate, so I doubt it would fly anywhere else.
 
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Old 09-14-14, 06:35 AM
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It is amazing that an area so far north has such a mild winter climate.

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Vancouver, canada is like that too - something to do with being on the coast. Lots of rain though and no real summer.
 
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Old 10-11-14, 12:47 AM
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How I love all the misconceptions concerning the "West Coast Marine" climate in my area. It keeps out a fair number people.

Oh, we had a beautiful summer.
 
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