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Question DetailsAsked on 10/21/2015

How much is LABOR ONLY to install a heat pump & thermostat (replace)? No duct work. I buy the units. Richmond VA

I will purchase online a 16seers electric heat pump to replace one of my two zone units. The cellar has ample space to stand and work. No duct work is involved... it is already in place.. because this is replacing the UNIT only. I will buy all the parts needed (est. cost $2,000), YOU DO THE LABOR. I will hall away all old material. Must be certified to qualify for the products manufacturers warranty. I live about 50 miles from Richmond VA.

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HVAC contractors,have a markup on the equipment, most will charge you the markup, at their cost to install your equipment,as the need to make a profit,to stay in business. Their cost is likely less then yours, so you may pay more then if they supplied the equipment. Plus you may have issues with the waranty,some manufacturers state, no warranty when purchased on the internet.

No offense, but what you are asking for is like bring your own steak to a restaurant and asking them to cook it at a discount.


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC


Depends on exact configuration, and as - who was it - probably BayAreaAC - said, finding a contractor who wants to install equipment you bought might be tough. I would expect around $2-3,000 would be the likely VERY rough ballpark range, though you might get it for around $1000 labor if you are lucky.

Do check the warranty BEFORE ordering - many manufacturers of HVAC equipment are now limiting or voiding warranties for units not sold / shipped directly to the approved installer.

Another factor - unless you have had an ACCA Manual J and S calculation done on your house, and the computation of revised sizing othe unit taking inot account the new SEER ratings, how do you know yuou are buying the right capacity unit ?

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


Before you call a guy offering to do an install here, be sure to check license and permit required ,if any in your area. Be sure they have insurance,etc,etc..

Will they warranty thier work, from 3 hours away? So much more you should think about,hopefully you will.


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC

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