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Old 12-06-2015, 04:06 PM
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I've been researching a little about putting in a 36k Btu ductless mini split system in my shop. One of my neighbors has a Mitsubishi while the other has a Daikin. I've seen Gree, Fujitsu etc as the list goes on. I've seen pricing for Gree and Panasonic around 2k while the Mitsubishi was a little over 3k.

I have zero experience with all this. Anyone have any experience with some of the off brand or no name units as compared to the Mitsubishi, Daikin, or Fujitsu? I'd like to have at least a 15 seer.

Thanks for your input.

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Old 12-06-2015, 04:43 PM
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I really like the idea of no filthy ducts. Saw them used a lot in Costa Rica. Even remote controls.
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Just installed one a couple weeks ago in my garage. 24k Carrier "inverter technology" unit. All the research I read kept saying that quality of install meant more than brand. The company I used has a reputation for being extremely customer service oriented and not the cheapest yet they really went out of their way to recommend this unit over a Mitsubishi unit........I reminded them that their shop is 300 yards from my shop and I had no problem showing up everyday if their was a problem. So far, so good.

(He even agreed that 5-10 years ago he wouldn't have recommended them)
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:44 PM
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Mini splits are great! They run forever and very rarely ever break. I'm a Mitsubishi and Fujitsu dealer and I prefer the Mitsubishi even though they cost more they also now come with a 10 year warranty now and if you have a diamond dealer install it, its 12 year warranty. The Fujitsu is 7 year warranty. Not sure what warranty is for other manufacturers. If you buy one online none of the manufacturers will warrant the system, no matter what any of the "wholesale HVAC" websites tell you. Hire a pro
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:12 PM
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No experience with off brands, as you asked, sorry.

But after all the research I did I ended up with Mitsubishi.

I bought mine from GoDuctless.com. Great help when you call them too, which I had to to when installing it and they were very helpful.

Good luck.

This has also been discussed here a bit before.

Some links...

http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...-ac-units.html

http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...ss-system.html

http://www.thehulltruth.com/search.p...rchid=13087597

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Old 12-06-2015, 06:37 PM
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Also ended up with Mitsubishi after much research, no regrets.

Their A6M "Zero" was one helluva machine....
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I have 2 a Fujitsu and an "Allstyle" (off brand). Both have been running for years trouble free.
The remote is the thing I don't like. It is just one more remote laying around that eats batteries and the kids lose. I already need one for the Hunter fan, the stereo, the TV, DVD player, a couple of WII controllers and a wireless mouse for the PC on the TV. It is just clutter at this point.
If I could do it I would put a good old T-87 on the wall.
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They are awesome and work and very energy efficient. I run it for my garage and just set and walk away. Make sure the install kit comes with it. eBay has great deals.
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I have a Mitsubishi MiniMax. No complaints after 9 years.
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I have a Fujitsu heating/cooling about 700 sq. ft. downstairs. Put it in 2 years ago.
One problem with a drain line that was due to the installer that he rectified in 10 minutes.
Very efficient - using inverter technology they get in the high 20's SEER.
I'd only buy Fujitsu, Mits, or Daiken - Japanese made units.
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There's nothing wrong with the carrier or the daikin. I've installed a lot of them. With that being said I have 2 Mitsubishi's at my house. Mitsubishi has done it longer than anybody else.
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Ditto, currently Mitsubishi is the gold standard. When people say my product is just as good as X you should buy X.
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I have a bunch of them, 12 I think, in various properties. Some off brand, some LG, some Mitsubishi. They are all about the same in my opinion but a slight edge to the name brands. I think LG is a good compromise of price and brand name. They work great unless they don't. The biggest issue I have is with the indoor units which have a propensity to develop mold. You need access to the end of the condensate drain because you'll need to periodically suck the slime out with a wet vac. They are pretty easy to self install but you still need to pull a vacuum and check pressures after install. They come pre-charged and I have rarely had to have gas added.
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What I don't get is why they are so expensive here. I have five new units on our Mexico house. They cost between 300 and 500 dollars. So cheap, I installed one in the shower...! Big ass one in the living room/dining room/kitchen cools the whole space unbelievably fast.

So, dealers, why so expensive?
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What I don't get is why they are so expensive here. I have five new units on our Mexico house. They cost between 300 and 500 dollars. So cheap, I installed one in the shower...! Big ass one in the living room/dining room/kitchen cools the whole space unbelievably fast.

So, dealers, why so expensive?
I'd like to know where you find one of the name brands for $300-$500.
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All were purchased at Boxito, usually on sale, and come with a two year warranty. All are inverter.
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Look at Pioneer systems on Amazon. Great reviews and prices that made my decision easy. My buddy had one, recommended it highly and I would as well now that I have one.
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Had installed Fujistsu- 4 head units on 1 outside unit-other than the how they look on the outside-eben covered with a rain spout looking thing(linex?) they work great. I have an old house no duct work steam radiator heat and these are really quiet, Ran on ac mode all summer and kept rooms quite comfortable. Have my office one one now in heat mode just to cut the chill out
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Which Brands come with pre-charged lines to simplify installation and avoid brazing?
I understand when brazing you have to apply 2 to 4 psi positive pressure with nitrogen to avoid ash getting into the lines. Or do you just need to pull a vacuum on the line sets after attaching them?
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Guys thanks for the replies. It seems as if Mitsubishi is the overwhelming winner here with Fujitsu or Daikin as a close second but I will check out the Pioneer models as well. Its going in a shop I'm leasing and I really don't want to invest a lot into something I may leave behind in 2 to 3 years due to growth.

Thanks again for the info, I'm running with it!

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