Mount Up: All About Mini Split Mounting Brackets Posted on July 17, 2023 Mini splits are an efficient and flexible cooling option for any home. Since they don’t need ducts to carry the cool air, they are much more efficient than conventional ducted AC systems, and best of all, they can be placed just about anywhere! This makes mounting brackets one of the key accessories when it comes to ducted mini splits. In this guide, we explore the different types of mini split mounting brackets, to give you different options for placing and installing your mini split. What is a Mini Split Mounting Bracket? As the name illustrates, a mini split mounting bracket is a brace that physically holds the ductless mini split outdoor unit. The bracket connects to the wall or other part of the house and supports the weight of the unit, holding it firmly and securely in place. Are Mounting Brackets Required for Mini Splits? No, but they are strongly recommended. While a mini split outdoor unit can be placed on a flat, level surface, a wall mount bracket, stand, or pad should be used. These keep the mini split secure and prevent wind and weather risks. What Are the Different Types of Mounting Brackets? First, we need to distinguish between mounting indoor and outdoor units. Indoor units contain the air handler and are installed inside the house, while outdoor units house the compressor and are placed on the outside. Indoor mounting brackets Mounting brackets for indoor units can be divided into the different kinds of mini splits: Wall mount brackets – designed for wall-mounted and floor-mounted mini splits, since both connect to the wall. These are almost always included with the indoor unit at the time of purchase. Ceiling cassette mounts – these hold ceiling cassette units. They are not brackets per se, but consist of an entire housing for the recessed unit, as well as grille cover. While some third-party mounting brackets exist for these units, a customized field supplied solution is generally used. The units contain mounting points that are used with screws, threaded rod, or other supports. Suspended ceiling mounts – these apply to ceiling suspended mini splits that are typically used in commercial spaces. They are not compatible with false ceilings. Outdoor mounting brackets The outdoor mounting bracket holds the compressor securely in place. Since it is exposed to the elements, it is typically more robust than indoor mounting brackets, and uses materials designed for outdoor exposure, corrosion resistance and longevity. Outdoor mounting options can be classified into two types: Outdoor wall mounts – these brackets allow the compressor to hang from an exterior wall. Entry level outdoor wall mount for mini split condenser: Diversitech 230-B2L Hef-T-Bracket Made with 16 GA powder-coated steel, this outdoor mini split bracket provides an off-the-ground solution to hold your mini split condenser on an exterior wall. The L-shaped arms are 21″ long to support large condensers. The crossbar that attaches to the exterior of your building features pre-drilled slots for easy installation at 12 or 16 inches on center. The L-shaped brackets have an adjustable hook that allows the cross bar to be installed at different angles. This is quite helpful if the wall you are attaching it to is sloped. The crossbar has a maximum mounting width of 37.8″. Each L-bracket (arm) is 2″ deep. The size of this bracket will accommodate a variety of condenser with its holding capacity of up to 500 pounds. All hardware for mounting is included. Price: $99.00 Diversitech 230-B2L Hef-T-Bracket for Mini Split Condensers The Diversitech Hef-T-Bracket is designed to support your ductless mini split condenser. Constructed of 16 GA powder-coated steel, it provides an off-the-g... View Product Premium outdoor wall mount for mini split condenser: Quick Sling QSWB2000 Wall Bracket for Mini Split Condenser – 350 Lbs Max The Quick-Sling Wall Bracket provides a sturdy, solid bracket system to hold your mini split outdoor condenser off the ground and on an exterior wall. It is a quick, safe and stable system and it is easy to install. The QSWB2000 supports condensers up to 350 lbs and features six points of anti-vibration isolation. The mounting shelf is pre-slotted to allow for quick connection of your unit and the shelf is 25″ deep, allowing plenty of space between the wall and the unit. All hardware is included. Price: $179.00 Quick Sling QSWB2000 Wall Bracket for Mini Split Condenser - 350 Lbs Max The Quick-Sling Wall Bracket provides a sturdy, solid bracket system to hold your mini split outdoor condenser off the ground and on an exterior wall. It is a q... View Product Outdoor ground pads and ground stands – these allow the outdoor unit to rest on the ground, with sufficient ground clearance to avoid water or snow and vibration damage. Featured mini split ground pad: THS Polypropylene Condenser Pad 18″ x 38″ x 3″ E Lite® is a plastic pad designed as a mounting base for air conditioning condensers. The rugged design provides uniform and generous ribbing for optimum, self-leveling ground support without inserts. The pad is injection molded from polypropylene, resulting in a pad that is lightweight, but not too light. A subtle texture prevents unit slide and presents a classic appearance, which is enhanced by rounded edges and a concrete gray color. Price: $58.00 THS Polypropylene Condenser Pad 18" x 38" x 3" for Mini Split Condensers E Lite® is a plastic pad designed as a mounting base for air conditioning condensers. The rugged design provides uniform and generous ribbing for optimum, s... View Product Featured mini split ground stand: Quick Sling QSMS1201 12″ Mini Split Condenser Stand – Up to 400 lbs The Quick-Sling Mini Split Stand provides a sturdy, solid system to elevate your mini split outdoor condenser off the ground. It is a quick, safe and stable system and it is easy to install. The QSMS1201 supports condensers up to 400 lbs and features four points of anti-vibration isolation. The mounting stand is pre-slotted to allow for quick installation. Each foot is ready to receive 1/4″/20 hardware to bolt into concrete, cement, plastic pad or wood. Your unit will sit 12″ off the ground, allowing plenty of space beneath the unit. All hardware is included. 14 Gauge Square Steel Tubing Fits ALL Mini Split Brands 6″ x 6″ with 3/8″ Slotted Feet Adjustable in Height up to 1.25″ 50 derometer pads on each foot Supports up to 400 lbs 4 Points of Anti-Vibration Isolation Washers Adjustable footprint from 34″ to 40″ wide in 1″ Increments All hardware is included Price: $259.00 Quick Sling QSMS1201 12" Mini Split Condenser Stand - Up to 400 lbs The Quick-Sling Mini Split Stand provides a sturdy, solid system to elevate your mini split outdoor condenser off the ground. It is a quick, safe and stable sys... View Product How to Choose the Right Mini Split Mounting Bracket 1. Mounting location The type of mini split and the installation location determine the type of mounting bracket you need, whether it’s on the wall, suspended on the ceiling, or placed on the ground. 2. Weight capacity Mini split mounting brackets have a maximum weight capacity. Generally speaking, the higher the mini split BTU, the heavier the unit is. Make sure your chosen mounting bracket can handle the weight of the unit. 3. Materials Not all mini mounting brackets are created equal. Some use stainless steel, while others use alloys for improved durability. For outdoor mounting brackets, make sure they are constructed from materials that can withstand the elements. 4. Weather It is imperative that a heat pump mini split in a snowy climate be kept clear of snow for proper functionality. That means either mounting the unit on a wall above the average snow line or using a mini split stand tall enough for the amount of snow expected. Wind is also a critical factor to consider. Make sure that you select a mounting solution that will keep your outdoor unit out of strong wind gusts and that the mounting solution is hurricane rated if required in your area. 4. Compatibility Some mini splits manufacturers use proprietary mounting, so their mini split units can only be used with factory produced brackets. Refer to your owner’s manual for the mounting specifications, and whether the mini split is compatible with third-party brackets and what mounting hardware may be needed. At Total Home Supply, we carry a range of mini split mounting brackets and mounting accessories to suit your mini split. We also offer expert advice on what mounting options best fit your unit. Feel free to reach out and get your mini split mounted in no time! Once you’ve chosen a mounting bracket, you may be interested in our other mini split installation guides: Mini Split Placement: Where Should You Install Your Mini Split? How to Install a Mini Split: DIY and Professional Installation Guide Mini Split Wiring: Electrical Requirements and Wiring Diagram Mickey Luongo Mickey is the resident heating and air conditioning expert with over 15 years of experience in the industry.