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The Unique Needs of Ductless Systems

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.There’s one option for heating and cooling in modern homes that’s been growing in popularity recently—and that’s the ductless mini split heat pump. Rather than functioning through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporate unit, ductless systems basically break up the indoor unit and the blower fans to distribute conditioned air throughout your home in the form of mini air handlers, mounted on the wall.

If you’ve been in a home and seen something on the wall that resembles a window AC unit but it doesn’t go back through the wall, then you’re looking at a component of a ductless system. Those wall hanging units you see are each hooked up to a single outdoor unit, creating a central heat pump without ductwork. There are a number of benefits to these systems, however, they do come with unique needs when it comes to air conditioner repair in Riverview, FL.

Is There a Downside to Ductless System Installation?

We wouldn’t say that, necessarily. Rather, there are factors about ductless systems that make them unique, and which are important to be aware of. The biggest reason you should be aware of the specific needs of these systems is so that you’ll understand how important it is that they only are installed and serviced by highly trained professionals, which you have with our team. So what are the various repair needs you might face with a ductless system?

Water Leaks Behind Air Handlers: Each wall-mounted air handler houses a series of connections, which are routed through a hold behind it—this includes a power line, refrigerant line, and a condensate line. The last one removes water moisture from the cooling process, so that it doesn’t enter your home.

These lines may leak, and if this happens, then water begins to develop between the back of the air handler and the wall. What eventually happens is weakening of the wall material, which causes the air handler to rip away from the wall and fall off. This damages the wall, of course, and almost certainly will end up breaking the air handler. At the first sign of water damage surrounding an air handler, be sure to call us for ductless system repairs!

Broken Air Handlers: This can actually be a benefit rather than a downside, when it comes to ductless systems! If a single air handler breaks down due to a failed motor or some other isolated problem, the remaining air handlers throughout your home will still continue to run.

The only part of your home that will lose cooling or heating, in this case, is the one with the broken air handler. When one of your units stops working, you still want to call for repairs right away, but fortunately, you don’t have to worry about your whole house losing out on conditioned air while you wait for a repair professional to show up.

Refrigerant Leaks: This last one actually isn’t unique to just ductless systems as all air conditioners utilize refrigerant to do their job. However, it’s even more of a risk with ductless systems since there are more refrigerant lines running throughout the home. Signs of a refrigerant leak include loss of cooling and a hissing noise—be sure to call for repairs right away if you suspect you may have a refrigerant leak!

Contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling today for exceptional AC services!

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