If you have a ductless mini-split system in your home or are considering getting one, it’s important to know how to properly maintain it. By understanding the basics of how your ductless mini-split works and following some simple maintenance tips, you can keep your system running smoothly for years to come.
Basic cleaning of indoor units include wiping down the front of the unit, rinsing the filter, and protecting the unit from dust accumulation when painting, doing home remodeling, or other activities that may result in debris collecting on the unit.
Deep cleaning is recommended for ductless systems every three to five years. This involves cleaning all of the parts of the system, including the coils, fan blades, and grilles with high-pressure water and enzyme-based cleaners.
It’s recommended that ductless systems be professionally inspected and maintained at least once a year. A technician should check for any signs of wear and tear and make repairs as needed before significant problems occur.
If any parts of your ductless system need to be repaired, it’s important to hire a professional. Ductless systems are complex and require special tools and training to properly repair them. Attempting to repair them yourself could void your warranty or cause further damage to the system.
There are many things you can do to help keep your ductless HVAC system clean and working properly, and some things that are best left to the professionals. Here are some easy tips for maintaining your mini-split and when to enlist the help of a certified HVAC contractor.
Your ductless mini-split system has an air filter that captures airborne particles like dust, pollen, and pet dander. Over time, the filter can become clogged with these particles, which reduces airflow and puts strain on the system. To keep your system running smoothly, it’s important to clean or replace these filters regularly.
Most ductless mini-split systems have a reusable air filter that can be cleaned with soap and water. But you may need to put in a new filter if yours is very dirty or damaged. Check your owner’s manual to see how often you should clean or replace the filter in your specific model.
The coils in your ductless mini-split system play an important role in heat transfer. The evaporator coils absorb heat from indoor air, while the condenser coils release heat outdoors. If these coils are dirty, they won’t be able to function properly and your system will have to work harder to cool or heat your home, which causes an increase in your energy expenses.
Cleaning the coils in your ductless mini-split system yourself can be tricky, and requires you to turn off the power to the unit, remove the front panel, and use a soft brush or vacuum attachment to remove dirt or debris from the coils. You will need to be extra careful not to bend or damage the coils as you clean them. In most cases, you should have this done by a professional.
Your ductless system also has a drainage pipe that removes water from the indoor unit during the cooling process. If this pipe becomes clogged, it can cause water to leak from the unit. To prevent this, it’s important to check the pipe regularly and clear away any debris that has accumulated.
You should have your ductless mini-split system professionally maintained at least once a year, preferably in the spring before the start of the cooling season. This will ensure that your system is operating efficiently and will help to extend its lifespan. If you don’t maintain your equipment, it will have to work harder to warm or cool your home, which may result in the need for a premature replacement.
During a professional maintenance visit, a technician will first inspect the outdoor condenser unit to make sure it’s clean and free of debris. They’ll also check that the refrigerant levels are correct and that there are no leaks in the system. Next, they’ll move indoors to inspect the indoor air handler unit. Here, they’ll clean the filter and coils, as well as check that the drain line is clear and unobstructed. Finally, they’ll test the system to make sure it’s operating properly and efficiently.
Your ductless mini-split system is a complex piece of equipment that needs regular care and maintenance to keep it running smoothly. By understanding how your system works and following these easy maintenance tips, you can keep your system operating as efficiently as possible for years to come.
When it’s time for professional maintenance, be sure to schedule it with a qualified technician who can clean and inspect all the components of your system. Contact Jones Services for more information by dialing (845) 289-8532 or scheduling your appointment online.