Mini Split Install Outside Location Ground Vs Wall Mount

By | May 11, 2022

Mini Split Install Outside Location Ground Vs Wall Mount
The most common method for installing a mini split outside condenser is on the ground, but it can also be installed on a wall.

There is no single way to install a mini split, with each install different needing to match the home and climate.

Both methods have their pros and cons.

Pros and Cons of a Mini Split Located on the Ground

Pros and Cons of a Mini Split Located on the Ground
Pros

  • No Mounting Brackets
  • Easier Installation

Cons

  • No Protection from Animals
  • Snow Can Pile Up
  • Weeds Need to be Cleared

Installing a mini split on the ground is the most common location of a unit.

The downside is there is no protection from pets or other animals.

In cold climates, snow can pile up more easily in a unit, and weeds and other debris will also need to be periodically removed.

Pros and Cons of a Wall Mounted Mini Split

Pros and Cons of a Wall Mounted Mini Split
Pros

  • Keep Snow Off which can Affect the Unit
  • Keep Animals Away
  • Keep Clear of Weeds and Dirt

Cons

  • Possible Wall Vibration
  • Look and Feel
  • Needs to be Properly Mounted

The main advantage of a wall-mounted unit is keeping snow off as well as animals away.

Areas with heavy snowfall during the winter often use wall mounts since a unit buried in the snow will have problems operating.

Dirt and weeds can also get in the way of a mini split working properly with a unit higher off the ground not having this problem.

The downside is possible noise vibrations along with the look needing to match a home.

A unit properly mounted on a solid wall should have minimal noise.

The unit will need to be well mounted on studs or bolted into a brick or cement wall.

Should You Install a Mini Split with a Wall Mount or on the Ground?

Since every home will have a different scenario with the weather, look, and other factors, there is no single best way.

A home located in a location with heavy snowfall will benefit from mounting a unit higher off the ground.

A home located in a moderate climate but away out in the countryside may benefit from keeping animals away.

These are simply some examples with no doubt many other scenarios.

Have you installed a mini split system on an outside wall? Let us know your experience below in the comments.

Does a Mini Split Need to Be Off the Ground?

A mini split can be mounted at least a few inches off the ground, so rainwater drains away.

A small cement pad can be poured, or the unit can be mounted on bricks.

There are also small cement pads that can be bought which are very popular for setting a mini split unit.

Where Should a Mini Split Outdoor Unit Be Installed?

The outdoor unit can be installed on the ground using a pad or on a wall using a bracket.

A unit can also be installed on a roof which is a popular option for large buildings with flat roofs.

It will need to be within reach of the line-set that is run from the indoor unit.

Line-set length can vary based on the kit bought, with most between 16 and 25 feet.

How To Install a Wall Mounted Mini Split

  1. The first step is to examine the wall and see how the bracket will be bolted on.

    Walls made from a wood frame will usually have studs every 16 inches.

    A cement or brick wall will need anchor bolts.
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  2. Next, the right size and style bracket will need to be bought.

    There are many different sizes and styles available simply find the best one that will match your unit.

    Example Mini Split Outdoor Wall Bracket on Amazon
    Outdoor Mounting Bracket for Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner Heat Pump Systems, Universal, 9000-36000 Btu Condenser

  3. Mount the bracket on the outside wall using the right bolts or screws.

    It will need to be level and bolted onto studs or anchors.

2 thoughts on “Mini Split Install Outside Location Ground Vs Wall Mount

  1. Paul

    Very good information, thank you! I just bought a Pioneer and the instructions say the outdoor condenser has to have 78″ in front of it. I do not have that space. The condenser is by the side of the house, and in front of it is a fence. I have only 18″ between the condenser and the fence, but there is nothing else obstructing the condenser, and there is a lot of air flow. Is this a problem?

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  2. DEBRA BECK

    I purchased a new LuxAire heat pump 2 years ago. The installers placed it on the original bracket that was there from my last heat pump even though it was a bit rusty, and 9 years old plus the new heat pump was double the size of the old one. After 2 years the bolts have become lose and the unit is no long stable but wobbly . The company who installed it says it needs to be reinstalled and are wanting me to pay hundreds of $$$ to reinstall the outdoor unit. Why do you think the bolts came loose and how do you think i should handle this.

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