Troubleshooting Your Ductless Mini-Split System
Ductless mini-split HVAC systems have made it easy to achieve comfort in every area of your home without spending a ton of extra money on your energy bills. Mini-split systems are especially common in Pensacola and the surrounding areas, where many homes have added bedrooms, converted garages, bonus rooms, and screened porches. If you currently have a mini-split system, or are planning to get one in the near future, keep this information in your back pocket to have it handy when you might really need it!
The Outdoor Unit
Mini-split systems consist of two parts: the indoor air handler and the outdoor unit. When something goes wrong with your system, this likely isn’t the first place you’ll look, but maybe it should be! It’s a good idea to regularly maintain your outdoor unit, keeping it free of debris. If debris builds up on or around the unit, it can cause airflow to be restricted and the system to not function properly.
If there is ice on the outdoor unit during the summer months, you’ll likely need to call a professional to properly clean the unit, unobstruct air flow, and make sure there are no underlying issues. If you’re hesitant to call the professionals, you can clear the outdoor unit from any buildup, turn off the system for a few hours, then turn it back on and see if that fixes your problem.
The Indoor Unit
The indoor air handler is likely the first place you’ll look when experiencing issues with your mini-split system. While there’s not much of a problem to try and solve in this area, you can change the air filter and see if that helps. The air filter is located underneath the cover of the unit. Most covers simply pop off, however, read your system’s manual to ensure you remove the cover correctly. You can follow the directions in your manual to change the filter as well, as each mini-split system is different and will require different size filters and possibly different installation methods.
Checking the power when things aren’t working may seem silly, but if a breaker has tripped, this could surely be the cause of your system’s failure to power on. Flip the breaker (if applicable) and ensure the indoor unit hasn’t come unplugged or become damaged. If the remote is the problem, it may need a new set of batteries.
Other possible causes of a system breakdown include clogged drain lines, refrigerant leaks, or electrical issues. If you’ve tried all the methods above to troubleshoot your ductless mini-split system and haven’t solved the problem, it’s time to call in the professionals. Luckily, we’re in the Pensacola community! Climatech of Professional Air has years of experience in handling mini-split systems from maintenance to repairs to installations. You can count on us to solve the problem!
Learning to troubleshoot your mini-split can help you maintain the system more easily and help you realize when you need to call for help. If you do need help, contact Climatech of Professional Air. We specialize in mini-split maintenance, repair, and installation.
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