Are you considering a new HVAC system for your heating or cooling needs this season? Or maybe even both? You may think you need to buy a separate air conditioner and heater, but that’s not the case! You can do well with a ductless system.
Rather than operating through a network of ducts like a central AC or furnace does, a ductless system uses one small outdoor unit that connects to up to 4 indoor air handlers via conduits. Each of these conduits contains a powerline, refrigerant line, and condensate line. These systems are highly efficient and effective for both heating and cooling.
They save space too, since each air handler can be wall-mounted up and out of the way. Each air handler can also be individually controlled, so everyone in your home can set theirs to their own heating and cooling preferences.
As great as these systems are, it’s important to be aware that if they’re not properly installed, you could run into some unique problems. We have outlined these problems below.
Wait, Should I Even Bother Going Ductless Then?
A lot of homeowners want us to address this first, so we will. Ductless systems are not the right option for every home. For example, going ductless is typically most beneficial for homes with multiple rooms or multiple stories. But pretty much anything outside of a studio apartment could certainly benefit from going with a ductless system.
The reason we want you to be aware of their unique repair needs is not to talk you out of installing one but rather to stress how important it is to hire a pro for your services. Here’s what could happen if you don’t:
You Can Have Water Leaks Behind Air Handlers
Each of your wall-mounted air handler units has a series of connections attached, which are routed through a hole in the drywall behind them, as we mentioned above. The condensate line within these conduits is tasked with removing moisture from the cooling process when the ductless system is being used as an AC, so that the moisture doesn’t enter your home instead.
This line can develop a leak, however. And when water or other fluids start to develop between the wall and the air handler, the drywall material will start weakening, until eventually it causes the air handler to rip away from the wall. At that point, you not only have property damage, but the air handler itself will probably get pretty banged up too.
Broken Air Handlers
Speaking of a banged-up air handler, it’s possible for these to be damaged if not properly installed or cared for. Fortunately, if a single air handler breaks, you only need to worry about losing heating or cooling in that one specific area, and can move to another area of the house until its functionality is restored. Still, this is a repair need you should call for right away, and you should expect it if your ductless system isn’t professionally serviced.