Are you considering a more efficient way of heating your home? Considering how briefly we deal with chilly temperatures when compared to the rest of the country, it makes sense that you want to pay as little as possible for your heating needs.
If you’re looking for a new and better performing heating system, and you also could use an air conditioner upgrade, you’d do well to consider the installation of a ductless heating and cooling system! These are year-round HVAC systems that don’t require any ducts—they eliminate air quality problems that other HVAC systems can present and allow for effective cooling and heating.
That is, if they’re installed correctly.
Without professional installation, you can run into a number of unique ductless heating repair needs. Of course, even with professional service, eventually your system will need a repair or two due to wear and tear. But it’s important to be aware of just how severe repair needs can be without a pro on your side.
Water Leaks behind the Air Handlers
Each wall-mounted air handler—there are up to 4 per outdoor unit—has a series of connections attached, that are routed through a hole behind the air handler. This conduit includes a power line, refrigerant line, and condensate line. The latter is responsible for removing water moisture from the cooling process so the moisture doesn’t enter your living space, instead.
While this isn’t something you need to worry about this time of the year, when temperatures warm up again it’s certainly something to be aware of. The thing is, these lines can leak, and that’s even more likely with an improperly installed ductless system. When water starts developing between the back of the air handler and the wall, the wall material weakens until it eventually causes the air handler to rip away from the wall (and likely fall off).
Of course, this damages your property, and it also very likely will damage the air handler, too. If you notice or suspect anything leaking behind an air handler, be sure to call us for your repairs!
Broken Air Handlers
There’s some good news with this one, actually. If a single air handler fails or breaks down due to an isolated problem, the remaining air handlers throughout the home won’t be affected. The only part of your home that will lose heating (or cooling) is the section with that particular air handler.
Of course, you’ll still need to call for repairs ASAP. But fortunately, you don’t need to worry about the whole home losing out on conditioned air while you wait for a repair technician to show up.
Refrigerant leaks are not specifically unique to ductless systems—they can occur with any air conditioner or heat pump system. However, the risk and urgency is higher with a ductless system, due to the fact that the refrigerant lines run through the walls of your home.
A refrigerant leak behind an air handler can weaken your wall and lead to property damage, plus being exposed to refrigerant in this way can be unhealthy.