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Does Your Ductless System Need Repairs?

Does Your Ductless System Need Repairs?

  • Heating
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The cooler weather is on its way, which means it’s crucial to tune up and repair any damages to your heating season. Ductless heating systems can be a popular choice for homeowners because of their energy efficiency and low maintenance, but they can still be prone to damages. Nothing makes for a miserable winter than a busted heater, which is why it’s crucial to check for potential damages.

Signs Your Ductless System Needs Repairs

Leaking Fluids

 Your ductless heating should never leak any fluids, but if it is, your heater could be leaking refrigerant. In order to transfer heat throughout your home, your ductless heating system is equipped with refrigerant. The refrigerant is toxic for your health and a heater empty of refrigerant is nothing more than a fan. If your ductless heating system is leaking fluids, it’s time for a repair.

Ice Buildup

Whether it’s in the middle of the summer or in the dead of winter, your ductless system can experience problems. If something is wrong with the air conditioning portion of your ductless system, it will affect your heating. Ice buildup on a ductless system might seem harmless when you’re using the air conditioning, but it’s usually a sign that there’s something wrong with the evaporator coil. A dirty coil prevents your system from functioning properly.

Lack of Efficiency

Starting from day one, your ductless heating system’s efficiency gradually starts to decline. If you start to notice that your heating system is cycling more often to keep up with your heating demands, it could be time for a repair.

Higher Utility Bills

As your heating system ages, it wears down and loses its efficiency. A ductless heater usually lasts for 20 years with the proper care, but it’s full of components that can break apart from use and needs repair. The older the heater, the longer it runs to keep your house warm which results in higher utility bills.

Unusual Sounds

If you start hearing loud or unusual sounds coming out of your heating system, it could be time for a repair. Inside are several different moving parts, and if damaged, they’ll make noises. Squealing indicates that there could be a problem with the fan motor belt. A hissing sound could mean a refrigerant leak.

Lack of Heat

It sounds obvious, but if you don’t feel any heat coming out of your heating system, it’s in need of urgent repair. The problem could be a clogged air filter or an electrical malfunction. If your ductless system isn’t properly conditioning your home, it’s best to call an HVAC technician.

Foul Smells

If you start to smell something funky coming out of your heating system, the culprit could be somewhere inside the unit. Foul odors could be caused by the evaporator coil clogged with mold or bacteria. The condensate line could also be clogged, and the water in the pan has mildew. Mold is toxic to your health. If the heating system starts to smell, you’ll want to repair it immediately.

The outdoor unit doesn’t work

Everything inside your house may be functioning fine, but your ductless heating system has an outdoor unit that can wear down as well. If you notice something is off with your outdoor unit, it’s time to call an HVAC technician.

Don’t wait till your split system fails completely. If you need ductless maintenance or installation, call McHales today!

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