Your HVAC system is one of the most important components to your home, especially considering how chilly it can get in the winter, and equally how hot it can get in the summer. Given our relatively minor winters, though, homeowners in our area tend to opt for a system that can both heat and cool, such as a heat pump, or a ductless system.
If you are using a ductless system to both heat and cool your home, great! It is important, however, to remember that just like any other home comfort system, ductless systems do wear out. As a result, you’ll need repairs on occasion, and eventually replacement. But how do you know when this time has come?
You’ve Detected a Leaky Air Handler
Have you noticed something like water or some other form of liquid leaking from behind your air handler and into your home? First off, this isn’t something you want to neglect, as it may be refrigerant you see seeping into your home, and exposure to this chemical can be unhealthy. The good news, however, is that one leaky air handler is a repair need and does not indicate that you need to replace the entire system.
Poor System Performance
Using your home comfort system regularly gives you an idea of how it runs on a daily basis. If you notice a change in functioning, like it’s not optimally warm or cold enough depending on the season, then there may be something preventing it from operating as efficiently as possible. It may be that your outdoor unit has something amiss, or it could be a problem with a single air handler. The best thing you can do is to call our pros for an inspection.
Frozen Outdoor Coil
No matter what time of the year it is, or what type of HVAC system you have for that matter, you should never see ice development. This prevents your system from doing its job properly. The cause of a frozen coil can be anything from a dirty air filter to something more serious. The good news is that this rarely is a cause for replacement, but you do need to call in a pro to figure out what the problem is and to safely remove the ice.
If your ductless system isn’t responding to your thermostat settings, it could be that there is an issue with its power source or a connection. Remember, if it does end up being an electrical issue causing this mishap, it’s not something you want to attempt to fix on your own, as this can be very dangerous.
Your ductless system should undergo professional maintenance twice a year, to ensure it operates as effectively and efficiently as possible. More importantly, maintenance allows your ductless system to last its entire intended lifespan. But, ductless systems do have a lifespan. This means that no matter how well you take care of yours, it will eventually need to be replaced. If your ductless system is over 10 years old, and/or is in constant need of repairs, it might be time to start exploring your replacement options.