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[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 12:12 PM


hola,

this isn't baja related but it is related to this forum.

in los angeles, we just got quotes to install minisplits in our 1,500 square foot house.

two estimates came in at $ 18,000.00.

1. using mitsubishi 36,000 btu and having three interior units. two in the bedrooms and one in the living room.

2. using DAIKIN 36,000 btu and having four interior units. three in the bedrooms and one in the living room.

has anyone heard of the brand DAIKIN ? the installer says DAIKIN was the company that invented mini-splits and guarantees for 12 years. i have not read the fine print yet.

also, both said i need 100 amp electrical service, which i do. i don''t understand amps but it may give someone an idea of how much electricity a person in baja would need ?

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[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 01:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BAJA.DESERT.RAT  
hola,

this isn't baja related but it is related to this forum.

in los angeles, we just got quotes to install minisplits in our 1,500 square foot house.

two estimates came in at $ 18,000.00.

1. using mitsubishi 36,000 btu and having three interior units. two in the bedrooms and one in the living room.

2. using DAIKIN 36,000 btu and having four interior units. three in the bedrooms and one in the living room.

has anyone heard of the brand DAIKIN ? the installer says DAIKIN was the company that invented mini-splits and guarantees for 12 years. i have not read the fine print yet.

also, both said i need 100 amp electrical service, which i do. i don''t understand amps but it may give someone an idea of how much electricity a person in baja would need ?

BIEN SALUD,DA RAT



Daikin is a very well known brand in the industry. I'd say the 3 big players in ductless AC are Daiken, Mitsubishi and LG. The company I work for sells LG into large commercial building applications.

I can tell you that the multi-zone units (one condensing unit to multiple evap units) is quite a bit more expensive than stand alone mini splits. I'd guess - and it's truly a guess - that if you were to look at stand alone units you could get the same coverage for about $10k vs the $18k you are getting quoted for multi-zones. In addition, the install on the multi-zone is much more critical than the stand alone. Refrigerant pipe diameters, system fittings and even the slope of the lines need to be perfect in order for those systems to work.

Good luck




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[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 01:24 PM


In Baja stick to what Baja people do.

Brands here are different from those in the US. Local installer will know, so find a good installer first.

Da Rat - in KWH terms, to run 36,000 BTU non-stop at max speed, you would need, mas o menos, 3,000 KWH a month. In Baja it means that you will exceed the bimonthly quota and will pay a quadruple rate.

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[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 05:22 PM


Hola again,

bajautah, are you saying that if installed FOUR individual mini-splits per each room, it would be cheaper that running four fans from one compressor ? i will run this by the company we are leaning towards.
also, if it takes 220, it sounds very expensive to run the lines from our one connection which we currently have ?


Alm, thanks for your post but i am really illiterate when it comes to electricity.

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[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 05:29 PM


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also, if it takes 220, it sounds very expensive to run the lines from our one connection which we currently have ?

Power? Compared to the rest of the cost, it shouldn't be, assuming you have 220 with enough capacity at the meter. They'd just run some conduit (with wire) from the meter to to the compressor location.




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    [*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 07:38 PM


    Hola,

    bajautah, i just talked to my rep and he said running FOUR 220 lines would be majorly expensive and my electric panel isn't set up for it.

    yes, i only have ONE 220 line.

    please advise,

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    [*] posted on 8-12-2017 at 07:15 AM


    Hey Rat, an easy explanation of electricity is as follows: it's invisible and it hurts!



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    [*] posted on 8-12-2017 at 10:48 AM


    hola,

    lencho..thank you.

    woody...it's not invisible when i get the bill !

    THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR INPUT.

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    [*] posted on 8-12-2017 at 02:42 PM


    couple years ago shopped all over LaPaz for mini split w/heat pump..
    seems like Sam's club had the best prices at the time but for giggles wandered over to Liverpool and got one for about $800 USD..
    It is a Whirlpool 1.5 ton and seems to work very well,, we are at about 900 sq ft with tall ceiling... but have not been there in Aug. or sep. to give it a try.... of course we also use several ceiling fans to move the air around.... In Mulege....
    would guess if we were there in the main summer we would probably want another head.
    gotta luv these things,,, just installed one in our Colo. home....




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