Using and Maintaining HVAC Systems in Rental Properties

Tips On Keeping Your Ductless Air Conditioning Running Smoothly

If you've recently had your older home or building retrofitted with a split, or ductless air conditioning, then you may want to know a little bit about keeping it running. Just because you don't have any air ducts, your system isn't maintenance-free. As with all central air conditioning systems, there are some components which require regular maintenance to keep the cold air flowing. Not only will regular maintenance make sure that your home stays cool, it will keep your bills down because your equipment won't be overworked. Here are some of the things that should be done at regular intervals.

Visually inspect your equipment

Try to do a general check of your indoor and outdoor components at least once a month. You want to make sure that there is not a large accumulation of dust or debris blocking any vents or coils. Make sure that snow, water or ice isn't blocking or affecting the condenser unit outside. If possible, check to make sure any tubing or wiring is not pinched or kinked.

Clean or change your filters

Filters should be inspected about once a month during peak season or just before you start up the system the next season. You may need to inspect them more often if you smoke or have pets. With a ductless system, you will probably have a separate filter for each unit. Checking the filters is generally easy on modern units and often only require opening a small door. If they're dirty, you can try to clean them yourself or call a professional to do it. If they are extremely dirty or damaged, then they will need to be replaced.

Have a full, professional inspection and cleaning regularly

Have a professional come out and perform regular maintenance on your condenser, compressor and indoor units about once a year. An ideal time is right before the warm season begins. A professional service person will not only inspect your unit, but clean the condensers, clean the tubes if there are any, replace your filters if needed and make sure your compressor is running properly. The technician will also point out any potential problems or needed repairs.

Maintaining your ductless air conditioning system should be quick and effortless. Though some of these things can be done by the average person, such as changing the filters, it's always best to leave anything involving major components to a professional. If you want to know more about how to maintain your ductless system, or if you're having problems with your components, contact a licensed air conditioning contractor for a service call to get things checked out.