Senville Mini Split units are some of the more popular heat pumps available.
They are very popular with the DIY crowd since they come with everything needed for an installation, except the electrical AC wiring.
I installed a 9,000 BTU 230 Volt unit, so I thought I would post a review and overview of it.
I ordered the kit from Amazon, and it came in three boxes.
The boxes came with the line-set, inside and outside units, along with the control wires and remote.
Senville Mini Split Installation
The Senville is a DIY Mini Split kit that can be installed by a homeowner or HVAC company.
The installation is not hard for a handy type of person but may not be for everyone.
Any mini split has three main components, including the inside air handler, outside condenser, and line-set.
The outside condenser needs to have AC electrical wiring run to it from a breaker along with control wires to the inside unit.
The outside unit will have the numbers 1, 2, and 3, which go to the inside unit. The labels L1 and L2 are for the 230 volts AC.
The inside unit needs to be mounted on a wall, and the line-set runs between the two units.
This requires drilling a 3-inch hole in the wall for the line-set to be run between them.
It took roughly 3-4 hours for me to install the unit.
Read Here for a Post on the Full Installation
Here is a video I made of the install
Senville Mini Split Operation
The Senville makes very little noise, and the indoor air handler is basically silent.
The outside condenser makes some noise about the same as the fan blowing.
Most all mini split units will be very quiet to operate, and one of the advantages of installing one.
It comes with a remote control that has all the functions, such as temperature, fan only, on/off, and more.
The cost to operate the unit is surprisingly low since it has such a good efficiency SEER rating.
The SEER rating for the unit I received was 23 SEER, which is a very good number.
The SEER rating is how efficient the unit operates; the higher the number, the better.
The average home air conditioner system has a 14-17 SEER rating.
All mini splits are notoriously low-cost to operate with a good SEER rating, including Senville.
Currently, any SEER number over 19 is a good number but the higher, the better.
After installing and using the Senville mini split for a while, I can say it is a very good unit.
It cools a room addition nicely that is roughly 600 square feet.
They have bigger units with sizes ranging from 9000 BTU – 36000 BTU.
Read Here for a Mini Split Sizing Chart
The unit runs almost silent, and except for the door opening and air blowing out, it can almost not be heard at times.
The cost to operate it is also low and much cheaper compared to a window unit or big whole-house unit.
During the summer, it cools the space very well.
During the winter months, it also heats very well and is a very good fit for the American southwest climate I live in.
If you live in a very cold climate and the temperature drops too much heat pumps start to lose their heating ability.
So far, Senville has not disappointed and has been working very nicely. I will update this post if anything changes.
As always, be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, here, or elsewhere to be sure an adapter is a good fit for you.
Read More Reviews Here on Amazon
Senville AURA Series Mini Split Air Conditioner Heat Pump, 9000 BTU, Works with Alexa, Energy Star, White
I was very impressed with the video, I see the only difference I have is my house is a 60s early 60s models home with a ranch-style brick out of a wall so it’ll be a little harder to make the holes but overall the video was a tremendous help! I didn’t realize I would have to buy the pump and the gauges but like you said that’s a mere drop in the bucket when you’re looking at spending hundreds even up to $1,000 for somebody to install a unit for you especially when you have a mechanical engineering degree like myself, this should not be hard at all but doing it alone with a couple steel rods in my back may slow me down a bit and I’m pretty much a stickler for perfection, so overall, I believe that I can do this and I appreciate the opportunity and thank you so much for offering this video as it is a great assistance to the homeowner and a handyman. You are absolutely right anybody would more than common Sense can install a unit like this as I’ve been through the gamut with a twelve-year-old short “TRANE” WITH A SEER 12,, so, do unit I have now that is no longer functioning I hope we’ll have enough copper piping to buy a couple fittings if nothing else cuz I’ll be damned if I’m going to give it away for paying $6,000 for a train but it was 3 months out of warranty of being 12 years old and it’s a SEER 12 unit. Thanks again, and I look forward to putting in my own unit course I will have some backup hopefully but you know how it is with friends you need them when you need them for when you need them there never can be found!! thank you for taking the time and efforts I’m making this video is it brought things in the clarity!
Respectfully, Lieutenant Commander J. B. M. USN/NAVY SEALS/MECHANICAL engineer.
I had never heard of this brand before senville, but it appears to be on the forefront of the up-and-coming units in the future. Thanks again.
Be aware, no warranty if DIY, not difficult to do the DIY even the vacuum the lines but min support/warranty. Near impossible to get a HVAC tech to install/service a unit they do not sell you for $$$$ markup, therefore no warranty
I have a 13k that works fine in the ac mode but the indoor fan doesn’t run in the heat mode.
Hi I recently just had these installed but the heat option doesn’t work. On heat mode nothing comes out and it eventually gives a p6 error which is not in the manual and on cool mode if I go above 72 nothing comes out. Do you know why this is happening?? They work great for cooling but just can’t seem to get the heat going.
Adam, I am having the exact same issue. Did you finally get the heat working? I have called technical support and had to leave a message but so far, not return call.
P6 is low pressure fault
My daughter has it in a mobile home which she rent. And it only heat the so called living room and kitchen. It doesn’t heat the only. Mobile home. Yet is a joke 😒