Purchasing a heat pump or air conditioner is a big decision and when someone decides to take that step and get one installed, naturally they want to know how long it will take to finish the job.
With that said however, install timelines can vary quite a bit from system to system depending on what you are getting. And what needs to be done inside and outside of your home to properly set you up for comfort.
So putting a direct timeline on an installation can be tricky, but after 19 years of business at this point we have a pretty good idea of how long you can expect to wait with almost any system you decide to get.
That is why today we will be taking a look at the average install time line from start to finish, how long alternative types of heating or cooling take to install, and how long you can expect to wait for whatever system you may choose.
What is the Average Install Timeline from Start to Finish?
As we said previously the timeline for a heat pump or air conditioner installation can range quite a bit depending on what type of system you decide to get installed, however we are here to narrow it down for you.
Now before we can get into the average install timeline, first we have to talk about the different types of systems that are commonly installed, then we can go over each one and give you a good idea of how long you can expect to wait.
The most common types of systems that we see installed today are ductless mini splits, traditional heat pumps and furnaces.
If you are having a ductless mini split installed the average timeline for installation is anywhere from 2-4 hours. This is one of the quickest systems to get installed because the units are small and easily installed by one person.
(Ex.1 Ductless Mini Split)
For traditional heat pumps there are two kinds of installations, one is simply swapping out the unit that was already there (retrofit) and using the existing ducting to run the heated / cooled air through the home. A retrofit usually takes about 6-10 hours to install.
(Ex.2 Traditional Heat Pump System)
The other type of install is a full system install which includes installing all new ducting, this usually takes about 2-3 days. The ducting takes lots of time to install because new holes have to be cut in the floor for the air to come through, the ducting has to be insulated, etc..
Furnaces also have two different types of install, which are the same as traditional heat pumps. One being a retrofit simply swapping out what was already there and a full brand new system install.
(Ex.3 Indoor Furnace/ Indoor Coil)
For the retrofit an install for a new furnace usually takes about 6-8 hours. While a full new system install for a furnace will take around 1-2 days.
How Long Do Alternative Types of Heating or Cooling Take to Install?
Now that we have a good idea of how long it takes to install a heat pump, and how different systems vary in install time, let’s take a look at some of the other types of heating options and how long they take to install.
Again we will be going over all alternatives to traditional heating systems and breaking down how long they take to install one by one.
Cadets usually take about 2-3 days to install, now these are installed by electricians not HVAC techs. This can take a good amount of time to install because they must be done on a room to room basis and for larger rooms you may need more than one.
(Ex.4 Cadet Wall Heaters)
Radiant floor heat/ boiler systems can take anywhere from 1-2 days to install if you are doing a retro fit again that is simply swapping out the system that was there previously.
(Ex.5 Radiant Floor Heating/ Boiler System)
If this is a brand new radiant floor/ boiler heating system that will take anywhere from 5-7 days because it is very labor intensive and extremely expensive. And they are typically done on new construction.
Window AC units and heaters can be installed personally within 1-2 hours, with this they will only heat or cool one room at a time so if you are looking to heat or cool your entire home with these units you will have to install one in every room.
(Ex.6 Window A/C Unit)
How Long Can You Expect to Wait for the Job to be Done?
Depending on the company you choose to work with, it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month or more before you actually start the installation process of your new heating or air conditioning system.
One of the most commonly overlooked factors when it comes to how long you should expect to wait for your new heating or air conditioning system is the time to order the parts, now while this shouldn’t take an absurd amount of time it can often take around 5-7 days to get all the parts needed to complete the job.
When all the parts are received what we have seen over the years is that it really does just come down to the technician doing the job, more experienced tech’s may get in and get the job done super quick while less experienced technicians can take a little longer.
With that said however to get the most accurate idea of how long it will take for you to get a new heating or cooling system the best idea is call your local heating company, have them come out to your home and assess your needs, go over some of the finer details with you and give you a more exact install timeline.