If you've recently installed a ductless HVAC system, you'll want to maintain it properly so it lasts a long time and doesn't need a lot of repairs. One thing you won't have to worry about is ducts since your system doesn't have any. Instead, you'll want to maintain the blower and condenser. Here are a few tips for keeping the parts of your ductless HVAC system in good shape.
Clean The Wall Blowers
Whether your home has one or multiple blowers, you should dust them regularly. Make cleaning them part of your house cleaning routine. Even dust the blowers you don't use very often since dust collects and can get drawn inside to make the inner parts dusty and clog up the filters.
When cleaning the blowers, check around the edges for water leaks as these can sometimes develop due to poor drainage. If you find water damage around the edges or see water dripping from the unit, call an HVAC repair service to correct the problem which might be a clog in the drain line.
Clean Filters On Schedule
Each blower should have one or more filters inside. They may be reusable or disposable. If you need to clean the filters, do so as often as recommended by the HVAC manufacturer. If you damage a filter, be sure to replace it as soon as possible. If you use disposable filters, remember to put in a new filter on schedule so dust stays out of the blower.
Keep The Condenser Clear
Keep the area around the condenser clear of weeds and other things that can obstruct airflow. Also, check the fins on the side occasionally, and open bent ones with a fin comb to increase air circulation. Since the condenser operates in the winter too for heating your home, you'll want to keep the cage clear of fallen leaves and snow accumulation.
Get Regular Service And Cleaning
Consult your owner's manual or talk to your installer to find out how often you should have your ductless HVAC serviced. The technician can service the blower inside, the lines that connect it with the condenser outside, the refrigerant level, and the parts in the condenser.
Since the unit works as both an air conditioner and furnace, you may need to have it serviced twice a year in the spring and fall. During a service call, the technician deep cleans the unit if it needs it and does preventative maintenance so the risk of a breakdown and expensive damage is greatly reduced.