What Are The Best Heat Pumps For Condos? – Toronto & GTA

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Many of our clients often call to ask “what is the best heat pump for my condo?”  In a condo environment, we are restricted by Condo HVAC requirements, space, compatibility, and liability issues. Therefore, we may only have a few choices when it comes to selecting the right replacement heat pump system for your condo.

Condo Heat Pump System

A Condo Heat pump system is a different system than a traditional air-source heat pump in residential homes. Residential Heat pumps have to have two systems connected; one indoor & one outdoor (condenser). They are also known for ductless heat pumps or mini-splits. Condo Heat pumps are also known as Water Source Heat Pump Systems

Condo heat pump systems are package units and there is no requirement to have an outdoor condenser connected to it.  

How Does a Heat Pump Work In a Condo?

Water Source Heat Pumps use the building water loop system to dissipate and extract the heat during refrigeration cycles. In the air source heat pump, this cycle happens via the outdoor heat pump unit where the fan dissipates the heat into the air. 

Where Is The Heat Pump Located In My Condo?

Condo Heat Pump Systems are located inside a closet or through the wall in a cabinet space. The heat pump’s electrical & mechanical compartments are accessible through an access panel door. 

Here we can briefly elaborate on each limitation.

Condo Heat Pump Installation Requirements

Although condo water source heat pump units are individual HVAC systems, they are connected to the building’s common elements Plumbing, Boiler, Cooling Tower, Heat Exchangers & Pumps. Each heat pump is designed to operate within a certain water temperature & flow range. Low or inadequate water flow or temperature can result in heat pump malfunction such as intermediate shutdowns & resets. Therefore, replacing your heat pump with another manufacturer may not be always a good idea since your building has specific designs and requirements for each apartment.

Condo Heat Pump Cabinet Assembly View OMEGA, Whalen, Skymark, Enerzone, HRP, Climatemaster Cabinet.
Condo Heat Pump Cabinet Assembly View

 

Condo Heat Pump System – Cabinet Space

Condo heat pumps are located in a tight cabinet space inside the wall cavity. These HVAC systems come in different dimensions & design specifications. There are various types of heat pump manufacturers in the market, but not all of them have the same specs, designs,  and dimensions. Therefore, we have a limitation of space when trying to replace an existing heat pump with a newer model. 

Compatibility 

Condo heat pumps consist of mechanical & electrical components. When replacing a heat pump you only need to replace the mechanical compartment (Chassis) not the electrical (circuit board). Therefore, it is best to always replace your heat pump with the same manufacturer to avoid further compatibility issues in the future. Please keep that in mind, replacing a circuit board may increase the costs of parts & labor. 

Liability Issues 

There are a lot of unknown brands and custom manufacturers in the market. Living in a condo comes with a lot of responsibilities against your neighbors. Condo heat pumps can cause floods, leaks, or even unwanted noise if they are not designed or installed properly. We only recommend installing reputable manufacturers with proper track records to avoid future downtime and liability problems. 

Condo Heat Pump Replacement Process In Toronto (Basic Installation)
Condo Heat Pump Replacement Process In Toronto (Basic Installation)

What are the best heat pumps for condos?

If you are currently looking to replace your existing condo heat pump units. We recommend the following manufacturers. Please note that you must follow your condo requirement before selecting any of these systems. Not all of the following manufacturers are compatible with one another. 

 

Omega Heat Pumps

Omega Heat Pumps are #1 HVAC solution for residential and commercial water source heat pump applications. Omega replacement heat pump chassis are dimensionally identical to many different manufacturers. They designed and built the chassis according to the requirement of many buildings in North America. Due to the simplicity of design Omega is the preferred choice for a simple and easy installation. All OMEGA heat pump systems come with 1 year part & labour as well as 5-year compressor warranty. Omega offers the most affordable heat pump solutions in Toronto & GTA.  If you have one of the following heat pump systems Omega Heat Pump Chassis can be used for replacement: 

  1. Whalen Vi & VP Series
  2. Enerzone HRP Series
  3. Johnson Control VSCS
  4. Skymark Heat Pump
  5. Climatemaster HCA Series
  6. OMEGA HRP Series
  7. OMEGA RPC Series
  8. Aquatherm Heat Pumps
  9. Unilux Heat Pumps
How Does a Heat Pump Work In a Condo?
How Does a Heat Pump Work In a Condo?
Condo Heat Pump Heating & Air Conditioning Operation

How much does it cost to install a Condo Heat Pump In 2023?

A Condo Heat Pump Installation can cost you between $3000 to $5500 plus applicable taxes in Toronto & GTA. 

Whalen Company Heat Pumps

Whalen Heat Pumps are one of the older heat pump systems on the market. They have a track record of over 25 years in the condo space. Whalen Company offers quality and reliable water source heat pumps to low-rise and high-rise buildings. The installation and replacement process is quite simple. The warranty is 1 Year Part & Labour. These heat pumps are available from 0.5 TON to 2.5 TON Chassis. 

Whalen Heat Pump Chassis is the perfect solution to replace the old

  1. Whalen Heat Pump Vi & VP Seris 
  2. OMEGA Vi Series

Whalen Heat Pump Installation 

Whalen Heat Pumps are known for their simplicity and easy installation process. Here is a 6 steps guide to install a Whalen heat pump chassis. 

 

Daikin Water Source Heat Pumps 

Water Source Heat Pump Condo Toronto
Water Source Heat Pump Condo Toronto

Daikin Vertical Water Source Heat Pumps (WSHPs) are perfect solutions for residential high-rise condominiums as well as light commercial HVAC applications. Daikin offers inexpensive energy-efficient solutions for existing old vertical water source heat pumps. Although they are small in size they have high-performance abilities with advanced control options. EC motors, adjustable airflow settings, dehumidification, and waterside economizers are just several major examples of high-performing features of this equipment. Daikin GCV Series offers one of the best water source heat pump systems in the Toronto high-rise market. Daikin Heat Pump Systems are efficient and low-cost in operation.

They also come in two different configurations: 1. Horizontal 2. Vertical. 

They are the most reliable replacement options currently available in the market. Daikin offers 1 Year of Part & Labour as well as up to 5-year compressor warranty.

Daikin (WSHPs) Water Source Heat Pump System is a Perfect Replacement System For  the following Water Source Heat Pump Units in Condo & Multi-Residential Apartments: 

  1. Carrier
  2. Climatemaster
  3. Trane
  4. McQuay
  5. WaterFurnace
  6. Johnson Control

How much does it cost to install a Water Source Heat Pump In 2023?

For residential apartments, Daikin Water Source Heat Pumps installation can cost between $6000 To $9,000 for vertical applications and between 8,000 to 13,000 for horizontal applications. Taxes are not included. 

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