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Topic # 220391 8-Aug-2017 23:18
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Has anyone got a TCL heat pump and can comment on their reliability, noise, performance? Looking at getting one for a small rental, saw them at trade depot with free delivery, reasonable price, but conscious of the old "you get what you pay for"

Looking at the 3.2kW one (3rd one down)

http://www.tradedepot.co.nz/building-renovation/appliances-heatpumps/air-conditioning/split

Thoughts?

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  Reply # 1841508 9-Aug-2017 00:32
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Depending on how big an area you wanting  to heat/cool you may find 3.2KW is not going to be enough so it'll always be running at full speed 


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  Reply # 1841511 9-Aug-2017 01:04
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Check that they are MEPS compliant. And ask about who will install it. As alot of refrigeration techs won't work on no name brand heatpumps. Also consider if it is an inverter one or not. Otherwise it will just cycle on and off - very annoying late at night.






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  Reply # 1841526 9-Aug-2017 06:54
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3.2kw is really quite small. Maybe it's good enough for a single room in a well insulated house, but a heat pump that's too small isn't much good.

 

Many New Zealanders seem to only want to heat one room. Having the whole house warm is much nicer, and I think it's better for you than constantly going from warm to cold.





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  Reply # 1841551 9-Aug-2017 07:39
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They have all the non meps ones listed as export only, since that is fine for the islands etc.

 

several techs I have spoken to say they only chinese native brand worth looking at is gree, who actually make compressors and parts for many other brands.





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  Reply # 1843050 9-Aug-2017 20:46
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Size is fine, like I said - small house (2 bedroom house about 55sqm total), with this just needing to heat the living area at about 30sqm.

It's the brand I'm questioning.

Thanks for the responses so far.


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  Reply # 1843555 10-Aug-2017 13:58
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30sqm ideally needs a 4kW




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  Reply # 1843562 10-Aug-2017 14:08
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Crikey! So what's a heat pump less than 4kW used for, heating a wardrobe?!!

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  Reply # 1843580 10-Aug-2017 14:30
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chimera: Crikey! So what's a heat pump less than 4kW used for, heating a wardrobe?!!

 

It's used by landlords to be able to say "property has a heat pump" without costing them too much.

 

And perhaps for heating small areas economically.





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  Reply # 1843592 10-Aug-2017 14:54
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I'm a landlord and this is a rental, thanks for the tip... ??

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  Reply # 1843600 10-Aug-2017 15:12
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The best people to ask are installers. Many will have a range of brands they recommend for performance and reliability, and ease of installaiton. Brands like Mitsubishi and Fujitsu were recommended to me. The big issue is parts availability in the future when they need repairing. It can sometimes be false economy going for an unknown in the long run.


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  Reply # 1843624 10-Aug-2017 15:41
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I saw on on a new house last weekend in Palmy here.

 

I didnt know they made heat pumps, although i have had one of there TVs and that went fine

 

there website has a wide range of electrical goods [http://news.tcl.com/English.php/Product/index.html]

 

so no reason to say they are no good, and if brought locally then you then have the CGA to back you up 


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  Reply # 1843642 10-Aug-2017 16:10
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chimera: Crikey! So what's a heat pump less than 4kW used for, heating a wardrobe?!!


My 3.7 is total overkill for my bedroom.




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  Reply # 1843650 10-Aug-2017 16:19
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chimera: Crikey! So what's a heat pump less than 4kW used for, heating a wardrobe?!!

 

a bedroom.

 

 


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  Reply # 1843658 10-Aug-2017 16:36
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Probably a good low cost option for Rotorua where most compressors die pretty quickly due to the corrosion!

 

 


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  Reply # 1844987 11-Aug-2017 09:44
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richms:
chimera: Crikey! So what's a heat pump less than 4kW used for, heating a wardrobe?!!


My 3.7 is total overkill for my bedroom.

 

Probably somewhere around 2-3 kW depending on the size of your bedroom.


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