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Beware Faulty Ductless System Installation

hand-holding-remote-to-ductless-air-handlerDo you already own a ductless heating and cooling system? Then you know how great they are for comfort. They’re efficient and highly effective. In fact, they’re becoming one of the most widely used climate control systems there are.

We just have one question for you. Who installed your ductless HVAC system?

If it was our team, great! But if you hired an amateur or did it yourself without any assistance from a pro, then there are some concerns to be aware of. We aren’t saying this to be snide, but rather to prevent you from the hassle and drama of needing to have emergency repairs done.

That said, if your ductless system wasn’t professionally installed, or even if it’s an aging system that hasn’t been routinely maintained, these are some of the unique ductless repair needs you might run into:

Water Leakage from Behind Air Handlers

Each of the wall-mounted air handler in your home have a series of connections routed through a conduit via a hole in the wall behind them. The conduit includes a power line, a refrigerant line, and a condensate line. That last one, the condensate line, is tasked with removing moisture form the cooling process so it doesn’t enter your living space. But these lines can leak, and when they do, water will start collecting between the back of the air handler and your wall.

If this issues isn’t caught and remedied right away, the wall material behind the air handler will being to weaken, causing the air handler to rip away and fall. In the end, you’ll have a damaged wall and a broken air handler. It’s important that you call for repairs right away, if you do notice any signs of water on the walls behind any of your air handlers.

Broken Air Handlers

There are a few different things that can cause an air handler to break down. Look back at the above mentioned scenario, for example. Other problems include a failed motor or a mechanical problem. When an air handler does break, you can expect a decline in comfort, of course.

But the good news here is that when one air handler breaks, you still have the other air handlers there to keep you cool! This is a unique repair need for a ductless system for sure, but still one of the many benefits of having a modular system such as this.

Refrigerant Leaks

Alright, so this one isn’t unique to ductless systems. Refrigerant leaks can happen in any air conditioning system that is refrigerant based. The problem is that ductless systems are more at risk for refrigerant leaks if improperly installed, because they have more lines running through and into your home than, say, a traditional central air conditioner.

It’s important to keep a close eye out for any warning signs of a refrigerant leak—this can include a drop in cooling (or heating) power, frozen coils, or a hissing noise coming from anywhere near the system. Please be sure to call our team right away if you detect any of these symptoms.

When you’re on the lookout for reliable air conditioning service in Rio Ranch, NM, look no further than Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration! Reach out to our team today.

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