Are you one of the many homeowners considering more efficient and effective ways to heat or cool your home this year? Then you’d do well to consider the installation of a ductless system! Rather than functioning via a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and outdoor evaporator unit, ductless systems use one small outdoor unit connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers—but these air handlers are very small and can be mounted up on the wall, out of anybody’s way.
Each air handler is connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit that runs behind the drywall thanks to a small hold drilled at the top of the wall. These conduits contain refrigerant, the power cord, and the condensate line.
Ductless systems are very unique HVAC systems, and due to this have very unique needs. Not to worry though, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there are disadvantages to going ductless—it just means that if you’re going to have one of these systems installed; the job should be done by a pro. Read on to learn why!
Ductless Systems: The Right Choice for Many Homes
Ductless systems are most beneficial in bigger homes with multiple bedrooms or multiple stories. This doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work in a studio apartment-style home, particularly if you’re looking to save space, just that to get the most from its efficiency and effectiveness they’re usually great for these bigger types of homes. That said, there are some unique needs for you to be aware of so that you know to only hire a pro to complete this installation. Read on to learn more!
Air Handler Damage
As we mentioned above, each air handler is connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit containing a power cord, refrigerant, and condensate line. These need to be carefully installed, otherwise you could wind up with:
Water Leaks Behind the Air Handlers: The condensate line that runs behind each air handler is tasked with removing moisture from the cooling process so that this moisture doesn’t enter your living space, instead.
But, these lines can leak if not properly installed, or not well maintained over the years. When water or other fluid starts developing between the back of the air handler and the wall, the wall material will weaken until it gives way, causing the air handler to rip from the wall. This not only damages your drywall and your home, but breaks the air handler, too.
If you notice any water damage around one of your air handlers, give us a call for repairs.
Broken Air Handler: Nobody wants their HVAC system to break down, and being stuck with a broken air handler can be pretty frustrating. You’re more likely to avoid this when your ductless system is professionally and accurately installed, plus when it’s properly maintained.
If you do have a single air handler break, though, the bit of good news is that the only room affected will be the one where that air handler is, while you wait for repairs. In the meantime, you can simply move to another part of your home to stay comfortable.