If there is anything homeowners are prioritizing during this time, it’s how to make their home lives more comfortable. After all, we’re still going to be spending a lot of time indoors in the foreseeable future. With so much uncertainty, it’s nice to have some assurance that our homes can be a safe and comfortable sanctuary. That’s why if you’re considering a new AC purchase right now, we think you should look into going ductless!
Of course, if you do decide to go the ductless route, we can’t understate the importance of hiring a professional to do the installation. This includes any follow-up services you’ll need, like routine maintenance and occasional repairs. And that’s the thing—without professional, experienced staff you could find yourself facing unique repair needs that you wouldn’t have had you gone with a pro. Read on as we uncover these needs and what you should know about going ductless.
First, Does This Mean There Are Cons to Going Ductless?
No, not necessarily! True, ductless HVAC systems aren’t perfect for every type of home. For example, ductless systems usually work best in households that have multiple rooms, or that are 2-3 stories instead of a single-story. This is in comparison to a standard heat pump or central air conditioner.
But there are disadvantages to going ductless if you don’t know what you’re getting into and decide to hire an amateur for your installation. Forgoing a professional means you could find yourself facing the following:
Water Leaks behind the Air Handlers
Ductless system setup typically involves a single outdoor unit and up to 4 indoor, wall-mounted air handlers. These wall-mounted handlers are typically placed above door frames, and each have a series of connections drilled through the wall or running behind the drywall.
These connections include the power line, refrigerant line, and condensate drain line. The drain line is tasked with removing moisture from the cooling process, so the water doesn’t enter your living space instead.
But without proper installation, it’s possible for the condensate line to leak. When water starts developing between the back of an air handler and your wall, the wall material wakens until it eventually causes the air handler to rip away from the wall, and very likely fall off. Of course, this damages your actual property, and will probably break the air handler as well.
If you already have a ductless system and have noticed what looks like wet spots on your wall surrounding or under your air handler, please give us a call right away.
Broken Air Handler
It seems weird to say, but there’s actually some good news when it comes to a broken air handler. If a single air handler breaks down due to a failed motor, leaks behind the air handler, or some other isolated problem, then you’re still not completely without cooling.
The only part of your home that will lose the cooling is the room with the broken air handler. You’ll still want to give us a call for prompt repairs, but you won’t need to worry about the whole home losing out on conditioned air while you wait for a repair technician to show up.