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Heat Pump Installation: Cost Factors



The cost of heat pump installation will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor. This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Additional cost

Will the heat pump be used to heat or cool?

$ - For a single room

$ - For a swimming pool

$ - For a whole house system

Am I replacing an existing heat pump or installing a complete heating system?

$ - When replacing a heat pump.

$$ - When installing a new heating and/or cooling system

Does new ductwork need to be installed?

$ - When the existing ductwork is usable and easily accessible.

$$ - When the existing ductwork is need of repairs and/or it is difficult to access.

$$ - When a ductless, mini-split system is installed.

$$$ - When a new ductwork system is installed.

What type of heat pump do I need?

$ - When an air-source heat pump is installed.

$$$ - When a geothermal (ground-source or water-source) heat pump is installed. Installing a geothermal heat pump draws heat from an underground source. This may require significant excavation.

+ Related: Geothermal vs. Air-Source Heat Pumps

If installing a geothermal heat pump, what is the condition of the soil?

$ - When the excavation is straightforward and the soil is easily workable.

$$ - When the excavation is complicated by rocky or clay-filled soil.

What size heat pump do I need?
The heating load should always be calculated by an HVAC professional. It will depend on a number of factors including square footage of the home, insulation of the home, surrounding weather and climate, etc.

$ - When a 3 ton (or less) heat pump is installed.

$$ - When a 4 ton (or more) heat pump is installed.

Do I want to install a high-efficiency heat pump?

$ - When a standard efficiency heat pump is installed.

$$ - When a high-efficiency heat pump is installed
(HSPF rating greater than 9 and a SEER rating over 14)

+ Learn More: Heat Pump Efficiency

What type of compressor will be installed?

$ - When a single mode compressor is installed.

$$ - When a dual-mode or variable speed compressor is installed.

Do any additional features need to be installed?

$$ - When additional thermostats are installed.

$$ - When an air cleaner is installed with the whole house system.

$$ - When additional zones are installed.

$$ - When a desuperheater coil is installed (This coil will improve energy efficiency by recovering waste heat).

Ask the Pro:



1. How long do you expect the installation of the heat pump to take?

2. What type of heat pump do you recommend?

3. How many of these heat pumps have you installed in the last year?

4. Do you have references available?

5. Is this heat pump energy efficient?

6. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

7. Is the existing ductwork usable?

8. Is cleanup included in the cost estimate?

9. How long can I expect the heat pump to last?

10. Does the heat pump come with a manufacturer’s warranty?

11. Is there a warranty available on the workmanship?

12. What type of maintenance does the heat pump require?

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Cost of Heat Pump Installation per unit - 2.5 ton
Average Cost
$4,325.71
High  $5,002.57
Low  $3,648.84
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Cost of Heat Pump Installation per unit - 3.0 ton
Average Cost
$5,078.13
High  $6,431.25
Low  $3,725
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Cost of Heat Pump Installation per unit - 1.5 ton
Average Cost
$2,850
High  $3,350
Low  $2,350
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Cost of Heat Pump Installation per unit - 2.0 ton
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$3,146.88
High  $3,587.50
Low  $2,706.25
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Cost of Heat Pump Installation per unit - 3.5 ton
Average Cost
$4,542.86
High  $5,214.29
Low  $3,871.43
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Cost of Heat Pump Installation per unit - 4.0 ton
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$5,200
High  $6,014.29
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