There are many types of do-it-yourself mini split kits that can be installed, including Quick Connect units.
Most units require pumping down the line-set into a vacuum which requires a vacuum pump and HVAC gauges.
What is a Quick Connect Mini Split?
A Quick Connect mini split is a unit that has the copper line-set already in a vacuum with no need for a vacuum pump.
A line-set is two copper lines that carry refrigerant between the inside and outside condenser transferring heat in or out.
The line-set needs to be in a vacuum as not to contaminate the refrigerant.
Most kits require a vacuum pump and HVAC gauges to pump down the line-set after it is connected.
Quick Connect kits come with a line-set in a vacuum with sealed ends.
The seal is broken only after being bolted onto a condenser.
Pros of Quick Connect Mini Split
- Line-set comes set in a vacuum.
- Easy to hook up.
- No need for a vacuum pump or HVAC gauges.
Cons of Quick Connect Mini Split
- Usually cost more.
- If there is a problem, the line-set may need to be vacuumed down.
There are several good units available, with some of our favorite picks below.
As always, be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
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Our Picks for Best Quick Connect Mini Split Kits
- MRCOOL DIY
- PerfectAire DIY
Mr Cool units are specifically made for the DIY homeowner to install a mini split as easily as possible.
An installation will need a bracket mounted on a wall for the inside condenser unit and a hole drilled through the wall for the line set.
The line set goes through the wall and bolts to the outside condenser.
I installed a Mr Cool mini split on my garage two years ago, and it has been worked very well both in the winter heating and summer cooling.
Klimaire also has a Quick Connect line-set kit for a quick and easy install.
A standard 115 or 230-volt outlet will also be needed as well as the outside condenser set on a flat solid surface.
PerfectAire is another DIY mini split kit that comes with a Quick Connect line-set.
It is also a 115-volt unit along with built-in WiFi that works with a smartphone app.
Like most units, it is a heat pump which means it will cool and heat.
12,000 BTUs is rated for a space up to 450-500 square feet.
Quick Connect mini split DIY kits are a good option for those looking for the easiest units to install.
Keep in mind that pumping down a line-set into a vacuum is not hard and fairly simple.
Low-cost budget vacuum pump and HVAC gauges can be bought and used to vacuum down a system.
There are many YouTube videos of doing installs that show the steps.
Of course, Quick Connect units are much easier to install, with no need to worry about vacuuming down the system.