What Problems Might a Ductless System Face?

How do you like the HVAC systems you have in place in your home? Perhaps you’re thinking of upgrading an aging air conditioner or heating system? It might be time for you to consider investing in a ductless system—one of the increasingly popular options there is for heating and cooling in modern homes today.

What Problems Might a Ductless System Face

Rather than operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distributed around the house in the form of mini air handlers mounted on their respective walls. Each wall hanging unit is hooked up to a single outdoor cabinet, creating a central heat pump system without the use of ductwork.

The Benefits of Going Ductless

There are a number of benefits to going ductless. First off, if saves space, and even enables those without the ability to install ductwork to enjoy the comfort of a whole-home air conditioning system. Additionally, the lack of ductwork means you’ll avoid indoor air quality problems that can sometimes plague central air conditioner users.

An important factor to remember, however, is that just like any other air conditioner, a ductless system can run into problems—some of which are unique to their design. We don’t say this to discourage you from considering a ductless system, but rather to encourage you to trust only a professional for the installation and service of your ductless system—in order to help prevent emergency air conditioning repair in Katy, TX later on down the line.

What Problems Are Unique to Ductless Systems?

Air Handler Issues are the first thing you should be aware of. Each air handler of your ductless system has a series of connections that are routed through a hold behind it—a power line, a refrigerant line, and a condensate line. The last one removes water moisture from the cooking process so that it doesn’t enter your home.

These lines can leak, and if this occurs water will begin to develop between the back of the air handler and the wall. What will eventually happen is the weakening of the building materials will cause the air handler to rip away from the wall and fall off, damaging the wall and probably the air handler to boot.

Fortunately, if something happens to one air handler, you do not need to worry about replacing the whole cooling system. Broken air handlers are another problem unique to ductless systems. It may be due to a failed motor or some other problem, but the only part of your home that will lose cooling or heating due to this is the one with the broken air handler in it. When one of these units stops functioning, be sure to call for repairs right away.

Loss of refrigerant is another factor to be concerned with. While this is certainly not a problem limited to only ductless systems, there is a higher chance of it occurring with this type of system, because there are more refrigerant lines running to the various air handlers. Be sure to keep an eye out for warning signs of refrigerant loss—like a drop in heating or cooling power. Refrigerant loss must be repaired by a professional right away to avoid total system breakdown.

For quality air conditioning services, contact Fresh Air, LP today!

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