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The Ductless Mini Split: Understanding This Modern AC Solution

Ductless Mini Split AC System

Understanding Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning

When the weather gets hot and humid, your home can become unbearable. With the sun beating down all day and not even a breeze to keep the air moving, the heat can feel suffocating. It feels ten times worse if your air conditioner breaks down! Central air conditioning is not an option for all homes. A unique, modern solution is the ductless mini split.

Read on to learn what a ductless mini split is, why you might choose a ductless air conditioner, and how it can be serviced and maintained.

What Is a Ductless Mini Split?

Ductless Mini Split InstallationCentral air conditioners use large vents in the floor or ceiling to deliver cool air throughout the home from one main compressor. But not all buildings have a ductwork system in place. The ductless mini split air conditioning system does not use ducts or the main compressor. Instead, each unit has its own evaporator and fan.

Every once in a while, your air conditioner might stop working. Ductless mini split systems are easy to diagnose and repair because the units are individualized. Some problems that may come up with a ductless mini split unit include a blockage or leak in the supply line or drain, low refrigerant, and pump failure. While figuring out what the problem is, HVAC technicians may use a screwdriver to remove the front panel, a leak detector to pinpoint a leak, wrenches to remove valves, or snips to make any necessary cuts to the tubing.

Why Choose a Ductless Air Conditioner?

Benefits of a Ductless Mini Split SystemDuctless mini split air conditioners are easy to install and less invasive than other portable units. Because they hang on the wall, they don’t take up valuable floor space. They do not have large intake pipes and exhaust vents that occupy window space. Many users like that you can adjust the temperature for each individual unit, allowing less-used rooms to be shut off, rather than cooling the whole home.

Ductless air conditioners are more energy-efficient than other styles, saving the homeowner money while also saving the planet. They are easy to maintain and repair. Ductless air conditioners are an excellent choice for homeowners who cannot afford central air, or for old buildings that do not have ductwork already in place.

The Ins and Outs of AC Maintenance

HVAC Maintenance Tips

Ductless air conditioners, just like all air conditioners, should be cared for and maintained regularly. Here are three simple AC maintenance tips for homeowners:

  1. Clean the air conditioner: Prolong the life of your ductless air conditioner by keeping dust and debris out of it. Simply wipe down the outside of the unit with a damp cloth to prevent an accumulation of dust. 
  2. Clean the filters: Follow the manual for how best to clean the filters. Be sure to turn the unit off before removing the filters. Maintenance of the filters every four to six weeks will keep the unit running efficiently.
  3. Clean the coil and condenser: The outdoor parts of your ductless air conditioner are susceptible to collecting dirt and debris. After turning the air conditioner off, use a garden hose to rinse off the coil and condenser. Also, take a moment to check for any damage. Allow it to dry completely before turning on again.

Besides keeping your ductless air conditioner clean, it’s important to have it maintained regularly by a licensed HVAC technician. Schedule an inspection every spring, so you’ll know your unit is operating at peak form. Then enjoy your cool air all summer long!

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