Winter is one of the most stressful times of year for ductless systems. They are used on a daily basis to warm homes, which dramatically increases the strain on the system. This makes winter the time of year when ductless systems are most likely to either develop new problems or have old ones exacerbated. If you’re using a ductless system to keep warm this winter, you should be aware of the symptoms of a need for repairs. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that your ductless system is having issues.
There are two different types of leaks that your ductless system might end up facing. The first is condensate, which is just moisture created as a byproduct of the ductless system’s operation. It can cause problems like rust, and rot out walls if it occurs in the wrong spot. Far more dangerous, however, are refrigerant leaks.
Refrigerant is the life-blood of the ductless system. It is the fluid that all heat pumps use to transfer heat from one place to the other. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will slowly rob the system of the fluid it needs to operate. This will lead to a slow decline in efficiency, followed by a full breakdown. If you notice fluid of any kind dripping from your ductless system, you should call for repairs as soon as possible.
Ductless systems are a little more complex than the average heating system, mainly because they involve more air handlers operating independently of each other. This opens up a number of different ways for short circuits and other electrical problems to occur. If you notice that one or more of your ductless air handlers isn’t turning on, or is otherwise malfunctioning, call for repairs immediately.