In our previous post, we discussed a few of the many benefits of going ductless for your cooling (and heating) needs. Because ductless systems are unique in their setup, a common question we get is if they have any special service needs that other systems do not.
They are very similar to other air conditioners and heaters in that they need professional maintenance done once in the spring and once in the fall. But yes, there are ways in which their service needs are different. Read on to see what our Denver, CO air conditioning experts have to say:
Watch for Water Leaks Behind Air Handlers
Part of what makes ductless systems unique is that they’re comprised of a single outdoor unit and multiple indoor air handlers, each of which are mounted high up on the walls in the rooms in which they’re installed. Each air handler has a group of connections routed through a hole behind it, which includes a power line, refrigerant line, and condensate line.
The condensate line is tasked with removing moisture from the cooling process so it doesn’t infiltrate your home. These lines can leak, and if this occurs water starts to form between the back of the air handler and the wall. What eventually happens is the wall material weakens, causing the air handler to rip away and fall off, damaging the wall and almost certainly breaking the air handler.
Have a Broken Air Handler?
One unique service need you might have crop up with a ductless system is that a single air handler breaks down. Fortunately, however, this is actually somewhat of a benefit of these systems. Because if a single air handler breaks due to a failed motor or some other problem, the rest of the air handlers throughout the house will still continue to operate.
The only part of your home that loses cooling (or heating) in this instance is the one with the malfunctioning or broken air handler. When one of these units stops working though, call for professional repairs right away.
Be Aware of Leaking Refrigerant
This last issue we want to mention is not unique to ductless systems per say, as all air conditioners require refrigerant to run. However, a refrigerant leak behind an air handler can not only damage the system if neglected for too long, but it can cause significant property damage as well. If the air coming through the handler isn’t cool enough or if you hear a hissing sound, there’s good reason to suspect you have a leak.
For any questions about your ductless system or to schedule a ductless air conditioning installation, reach out to Cool Sunshine Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. today!