Ductless heating system upkeep can avoid major repairs and ensure your system is reliable and energy efficient. While professional heating maintenance is essential, there are other ways to keep your system in top shape. These tips can improve your heating system’s performance, decrease energy costs, and increase the system’s lifespan.
1. Wipe Down the Units
Keeping a ductless system clean prevents dust from affecting its performance. Turn off the condenser unit, wait for it to cool, and use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior. Make sure to clear all dust and debris before opening the unit to vacuum out any foreign materials.
The coils can be wiped with a clean, dry cloth or as instructed by the system’s owner’s manual. If using a garden hose, apply gentle water pressure. However, a professional HVAC technician can clean the coils as part of routine maintenance. They may also use a special cleaning compound to eliminate stubborn buildup, mold, and bacteria.
To clean the indoor unit, wipe the exterior with a dry cloth. Use a small vacuum to clear any remaining dirt or debris.
2. Leave Enough Space Around the Evaporator Unit
Ductless heating systems should have at least four feet of clearance in all directions. Large furniture, bookcases, and decorations can restrict airflow, while other obstructions can cause dust to accumulate, clog filters, and damage internal components. Giving the unit space can prevent issues and costly repairs later.
3. Clean the Indoor Unit Filters
Failing to clean the air filter in a ductless heating unit can impede airflow and cause dust to accumulate inside the system. It will then operate less efficiently. At the very least, this will increase your energy bills, but the excess wear on interior components can shorten a ductless system’s lifespan.
The system’s user manual will tell you how and when to clean the filter. Depending on the model, the filter can be removed so you can clear dust and dirt with a clean, dry cloth. Wipe the filter media gently and place the filter back in the unit. For the best results, repeat this every four to six weeks.
4. Check and Clear the Pipes
Another important aspect of ductless heating system upkeep is to check the pipes. These pipes connect the indoor and outdoor components and play an important role in the system’s ability to provide warm air. Dust and debris buildup can prevent temperature-controlled air from being distributed properly. Inspect the pipes every so often and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for carefully cleaning them. While doing so, check for small cracks and leaks for a professional to fix.
5. Check for Drainage Leaks
When cleaning your ductless heating system, look for condensate and water leaks. This can mean the condensate drain line is blocked or a coil has frozen. Call a professional if you can easily resolve a drainage issue.
6. Clear Ice and Snow in the Winter
Ice and snow on equipment can reduce efficiency. Check the outside unit regularly so you can gently remove any snow that’s accumulated. If any ice forms, gently scrape it away or attempt to melt it. You can also cover the unit in cold weather, especially if running it frequently, but ensure there’s enough clearance and ventilation.
7. Use the System Only When It’s Needed
Turn the system on only when you need heating in your home. Otherwise, the unit will become inefficient and you can accelerate wear and tear. Running the heating system constantly can lead to frequent, costly repairs and premature failure.
8. Schedule Professional Maintenance
Even if you follow these tips to maintain your ductless heating system, have a trained professional check it once a year. They perform a thorough inspection and can spot refrigerant leaks, loose electrical connections, or blocked drain hoses and take the appropriate steps to resolve them.
How Often Does My Ductless System Need Maintenance?
Schedule maintenance before the heating season; if your ductless system provides heating and cooling, request a second inspection/tune-up before the cooling season.
Should I Leave My Ductless Heater On All the Time?
Although it’s best to sometimes give the system a break, run your ductless system as much as it takes to keep your home warm. Upstate North Carolina winters can be harsh.
How Do I Clean Tight Areas of My Ductless Units
Use a vacuum cleaner attachment to reach tight spots inside the unit. It should suck up dust and other debris that’s hard to otherwise reach. This can make a big difference in how the system operates.
Contact Jay’s Heating, Air & Plumbing
Our NATE-certified technicians are trained and equipped to provide thorough, high-quality heating maintenance. They are fully qualified to perform ductless heating system upkeep and address all your questions and concerns. Every job is backed with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. We provide comprehensive inspections, clean heating equipment, lubricate moving parts, and calibrate controls to ensure your heating system runs smoothly. To request maintenance in Mount Airy, NC, call (336) 663-0496 today.