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# 214538 16-May-2017 17:08
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Hi just wondering if any one has had a heat pump removed and what it cost? just had quote of 700 which seemed high

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  # 1783272 16-May-2017 17:16
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Depends what they are doing. Eg. restoring walls so no hole and repainting the wall etc. To actually remove the unit, I wouldn't think would be a big job. 700 infers more than a couple of days of work, which sounds very high if just removing it.


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  # 1783273 16-May-2017 17:17
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What does the quote include? Removal and taking it away? Filling and painting?


 
 
 
 


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  # 1783301 16-May-2017 17:26
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Depends how much remediation (eg patching walls ceilings etc) is involved. Or are you just talking about recovering the gas, disconnecting and removing the piping, disconnecting the electricity and removing the head unit and the condenser.
We have just had our cassette heat pump removed and replaced by a ducted system. The cassette system took two guys about 2 hours to remove but the refrigerant lines were about 12m long. I have patched the ceiling Gib myself.
Recovering the gas is easy if the system is still working, a lot more difficult if it's not.
In our circumstance the removal was included in the cost of the ducted installation so I can't comment directly on your quote, but hopefully knowing what's involved may assist.




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  # 1783314 16-May-2017 17:57
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mattwnz:

 

Depends what they are doing. Eg. restoring walls so no hole and repainting the wall etc. To actually remove the unit, I wouldn't think would be a big job. 700 infers more than a couple of days of work, which sounds very high if just removing it.

 

 

 

 

$700 gets about a days work these days!

 

It does depend on what you need done with the removal, whats actually involved to do the job. $700 is about a days labour ($75 x 8 = $600 + GST = $690) plus consumables, travel etc. To pump down a hi-wall, remove the pipes (if surface mounted) and make safe should only be a couple of hours work. Patching and painting is another trade. You may need an electrician to deal with the wiring.

 

 




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  # 1783364 16-May-2017 19:38
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We were getting a quote for an extenstion 80 to 100 k for 28 sqm on a flat section. Heat pump was to be removed out of the wall where we were going to extend, nearly fell over at quote doesn't even include council fees

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  # 1783367 16-May-2017 19:48
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Wow, at the 80k price its $2857 per square meter! Have you had the plans done?



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  # 1783369 16-May-2017 20:01
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Yup it's a simple shell as well bringing the house foward 4 meters same width on flat section, do have to move storm water pipe as well most complex part . Will get some more quotes

 
 
 
 


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  # 1783420 16-May-2017 22:53
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To put things in perspective, my heatpump guy removed my Mitsubishi heatpump to make way for my log burner, and then reinstalled it in another location in my house, including degassing/regassing, and all requisite wiring back to the switchboard from the new location, all for $600 inc gst. He even left the old outside power outlet in place with a standard outdoor socket so I can use it to power other things. I took care of the holes in the gib and cladding myself.

 

$700 just to take it out seems like a rip off to me, however if it's just one part of a major renovation quote, then it's safe to assume they are subbing the heatpump move out to specialist contractor and clipping the ticket.

 

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  # 1783464 17-May-2017 06:46
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When tradies around the country have too much work they charge whatever they want.




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  # 1783807 17-May-2017 17:50

Was the quote for removal actually directly from a refrigeration engineer? Or via the builder? If a builder they might not even have a quote for removal. And might have instead made an allowance for removal, and figured that $700 would be almost certain to cover the cost. Then they will just get the refrigeration engineer to do the job on charge up.

 

 

 

Also looking at $ per m2 rates for renovations / extensions doesn't tell you much. If you have to install new big lintels or beams to re support part of the existing house, due to removing an external wall. Or altering the existing roof structure to integrate the roof of the extension with the rest of the house. It will be far more expensive compared to attaching a "lean to" style addition to the side of the existing house. Where access between the new part and existing is via an existing doorway or a window that has had it's sill cut down to floor level. (no changes made to it's lintel, basicly turning a window into a doorway).

 

So without knowing alot more information, that 80-100K quote could be a ripoff or could also be very good value.






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  # 1783828 17-May-2017 19:17
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My parents had their heat pump removed off the wall for renovations, then had it put back in the same spot. All the pipes etc were left in place during the renovations. The disconnection took the guy almost an hour. The install took around 2 hours (I think they did a general service as well). It was $500 all up. They dealt directly with a heat pump company, it wasn't done through the builder. North Shore, Auckland.

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  # 1783873 17-May-2017 20:05
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700 is defanately a bit of a rip of, it would only take about 1 hour to pump it down and  seal the pipes remove the outdoor and then remove the indoor, unless the compressor is stuffed then there is no need for degassing when you can pump it down




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  # 1783874 17-May-2017 20:06
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The roof i thought would be basic just extending the trusses. I think the costs do include subbing out work, where i would rather manage it as i will do some of the work myself. Second quote was around 1775per sqm which sounds more resonable. Need to finalise plans to get final costs but will get a third quote.

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  # 1784013 18-May-2017 09:28
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Were you shifting the heatpump to a new location, or getting rid of it altogether?

 

If you're putting in a new heatpump, did you ask them to do the removal?

 

When we had a standard high-wall split system removed from the hall and a fully ducted system installed, we had the same company remove the old unit, which they kept to re-use somewhere else but this came with a decent discount off the bill. We only raised this option and negotiated it after accepting the quote, which ensured they didn't jack up the install price to compensate.




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  # 1784486 18-May-2017 21:27
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It was for a removal off the external wall we were wanting to move forward , a neighbour told me today they paid 600 to move there's so might be going rate , will think about extenstion verses moving

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