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Could Your Ductless System Be Suffering?

ductless-system-sufferingWhen it comes to choosing an effective and efficient cooling system for your home, many people are choosing to go the route of the ductless mini-split, and for good reason. Ductless systems are space saving—they only require a single outdoor unit and multiple air handlers mounted high up on the wall out of the way.

They eliminate indoor air quality problems—ducted systems invite dust, dirt, pollen, and even mold spores and mildew into your home. Lastly, ductless systems allow for zoned cooling—and heating!—so you can control whether or not you are using your HVAC system in unoccupied rooms (which is a severe energy waster).

But just like any other HVAC system, the ductless mini-split does not come immune to problems. What sort of repair needs can you expect, and when is it time to replace your Franklin Lakes, NJ ductless system?

Refrigerant Leaks

Your ductless system’s refrigerant lines can be extensive, since the fluid has to travel through several indoor units and to the outdoor unit. Despite a common homeowner misconception, your system should never lose refrigerant—it’s supplied with enough during installation that it should last its entire lifespan.

So if you are losing refrigerant, there is a leak that must be repaired. This leak might occur from standard wear and tear after extended periods of use, or due to improper installation to begin with. You’ll need a professional to locate and repair the source of the leak before refilling—recharging—your refrigerant.

Mechanical or Motor Problems

Not every problem that can happen with a ductless unit has to do with refrigerant. Ductless systems involve a number of complex components—much more than a traditional central AC system. Any of these parts can be responsible for a broken or malfunctioning cooling system. For instance, you might have a broken fan motor, an issue with the compressor, or even a malfunctioning or failed capacitor.

Improper Installation

Not having your HVAC systems installed by experienced professionals is a problem in of itself. However, when it comes to ductless systems, there are some problems that are unique to their own structure. For example, an air handler not properly mounted to the wall can begin to peel away from the wall, eventually falling and damaging not only your property but the air handler too.

When Should My Ductless System Be Replaced?

Just as no HVAC system is immune to repair needs, no ductless system will last forever. The standard HVAC system is designed to last about 10-15 years, although this is dependent on the manufacturer and how well you’ve taken care of the system, as well. Routine maintenance will help your ductless system reach the end of this lifespan. But once you’ve hit the 15-year mark, it’s time to seriously consider a replacement.

Another reason you may want to replace your ductless system is if you find yourself frequently calling for repairs. While we cited the above mentioned repairs as common, you really shouldn’t need a heavy repair any more than every couple of years. If you find yourself calling our pros every few months instead, chances are that it’s more economically feasible for you to replace the unit than invest in yet another repair.

At DB Heating & Cooling, Inc, we serve the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today! 

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