When it comes to purchasing a new air conditioner for your Houston home, there are so many options to choose from that it can be overwhelming. You of course want to ensure it works well, and that it works efficiently, right? Plus, you want it to last as long as possible. This is why you need to work with a trusted pro right from the start, no matter what cooling system option you go with.
Ductless systems are no exception! Ductless systems operate using a single outdoor unit connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers, typically mounted on the wall above the doors or entryways to each room you want hem installed in.
Whether you already have one of these systems and think you may need repairs, or you’re considering a brand new ductless air conditioner, it’s a good idea to be aware of the unique needs it has. This system should be by a professional. Read on to learn more!
The Power of Going Ductless
There are many benefits to choosing ductless air conditioning (and heating) for your home. There are also unique qualities to these systems that are important to be aware of. They’re not necessarily bad qualities, however they are factors you should definitely be aware of as a new ductless system owner, such as:
Water Leaks Behind Air Handlers
Each wall-mounted air handler houses a series of connections, routed through a hole behind the air handler, including the power line, condensate line, and refrigerant line.
The condensate line is in charge of removing moisture from the cooling process so that moisture doesn’t end up in your property, instead.
It is possible, however, for this line to get clogged and leak as a result. And when water or any other fluid starts to develop between an air handler and the wall it’s attached to, the material of the wall will start breaking down, until eventually it splits away from the wall.
This will not only of course damage the wall, but it will damage the air handler too.
Broken Air Handler
We mentioned an air handler breaking above. This is a very annoying problem to have. Whatever room that air handler was in, you’re no longer able to get cooling into it.
Fortunately, there is some good news here. Even if you have a broken air handler, you can still use the air handlers in other parts of the home.
Refrigerant leaks are definitely not unique to just ductless systems, but rather any type of air conditioner or heat pump system. However, what makes this problem unique for ductless systems is that when refrigerant leaks, it can run down the inside of your drywall, creating property damage as well as potential health issues.
This is very rare, however it’s important to keep in mind that problems of this nature are more common if you forgo a professional for an amateur!