With so many benefits of a ductless HVAC system, there’s no wondering why many homeowners are moving in this direction.
These systems are simple to install, flexible, and designed to save you money – and that’s just a few of the advantages over a traditional ducted system.
While the benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks, don’t lose sight of the fact that ductless HVAC systems do require maintenance every now and again. Furthermore, although it’s uncommon, you could face a problem at some point.
Here are some of the things that could go wrong with a ductless HVAC system:[i]
- The outdoor unit won’t power on
- One or more of the individual units inside the home is not working
- There is a strange odor coming from the system, typically upon start up
- The unit is noisy
- It’s not blowing cold enough or hot enough air (depending on the setting)
- The unit is leaking water
These potential concerns are similar to those of a more traditional HVAC system. However, the way you go about repairing them is unique.
Tip: unless you have experience working on ductless HVAC systems, it’s best to contact a professional for repair and maintenance. Attempting to do the work yourself can result in more harm than good, which costs you both time and money.
Stay on Top of Maintenance
Do you want to avoid ductless HVAC troubleshooting at all costs? Of course you do! And for that reason, you must get into the habit of carrying out regular maintenance.
This doesn’t guarantee that you’ll avoid all problems, but it definitely improves the odds of keeping your system in top-notch working condition for as long as possible.
Some of the things you can do from a maintenance perspective include:[ii]
- Keep the outside unit as clean as possible
- Don’t stack up clutter around your units
- Regularly remove and clean (or replace) the filters
- Regularly clean the pipes
Additional tip: a ductless HVAC system requires special care during the cold winter months. This is particularly true in areas, such as Boston, where ice and snow are common occurrences. If too much ice and/or snow collects around the outdoor unit, it can inhibit its ability to work efficiently while increasing the risk of costly damage.
It’s your hope that your ductless HVAC system lasts forever with minimal trouble. However, just the same as any mechanical component of your home, you’re likely to face repairs at some point.
Through regular maintenance, you lessen the risk of a serious and costly repair. Also, when you rely on the assistance of a well-qualified service professional, there’s always someone to answer your questions and provide the necessary maintenance and repairs.
At New England Ductless, we know what it takes to keep your ductless HVAC system running efficiently and effectively throughout the year. It’s what we do, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and concerns.