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Old 08-09-18, 08:52 AM   #4
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As with other members before you, it's possible to do a self upgrade on what you have for pennies on the dollar. Most new outdoor units come precharged with refrigerant, so the job basically consists of building a base for the outdoor unit, fitting whatever you need indoors, and rigging a lineset between the two. Electrical has high voltage and low voltage components that need to be commissioned as well. Total out of pocket price mainly depends on what you want and where you procure it. Sweat equity is also a good way to drive cost down.

Everywhere HVAC equipment is installed, there exist licensed techs who will come and do a final inspection and sign off on the paperwork (and possibly do finishing touch ups) for a small fraction of what they would charge for a complete job.
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