Keep Your System Efficient With Regular Ductless Maintenance
Especially in the warm Wilmington summers, a ductless system needs regular maintenance to perform effectively and efficiently. Ductless maintenance isn’t more complex than maintenance for conventional ducted systems, but it’s just as important.
If correctly maintained, a ductless system will perform reliably for 12 to 15 years on average. Neglect maintenance, however, and you’ll see a number of problems. Debris in the system interferes with airflow, forcing certain components to work harder. Those components then run less efficiently and are likely to fail early.
Simple Ductless Maintenance Jobs
Dirty air filters are among the top causes of poor airflow and resulting air conditioner malfunctions. To ensure good airflow, clean and replace the air filter in your indoor unit according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule, which can vary by filter type. If you have a charcoal filter, you’ll need to remove it once every six months, dust it, and leave it in the sunlight to disinfect. A catechin filter should be vacuumed clean or washed every two or three weeks, depending on your indoor air quality.
Debris around the outdoor condenser unit interferes with airflow. Periodically check the outdoor unit and brush off any leaves or other debris that’s accumulated there. Also trim back nearby vegetation so none grows within 18 inches of the unit.
Keep the outside end of the condensate line clean and make sure it’s emptying into an appropriate place, such as a gutter or drain. If this line becomes blocked, it can cause water to back up into your home. Water dripping from the indoor unit is a good sign that the condensate line needs cleaning.
Just like a conventional ducted system, a ductless system should be professionally inspected and maintained at least once a year. An experienced technician can reach components you can’t access and clean delicate components without damaging them.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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