How do I Maintain my Ductless System?
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The best way to maintain your ductless system is to clean it on a regular basis. Your ductless system needs to be kept in great shape in order for it to deliver high efficiency in both energy and cost. Giving it rest and keeping it clean are great ways to prolong the lifespan of your ductless unit.
A Durable Ductless System
Like most of your home appliances, you’ll want your ductless heating and cooling system to last as long as possible. It’s only fair for you to return the favor by cleaning your system in exchange for keeping you warm and cool throughout the year.
Cleanliness Goes a Long Way
One of the main ways to keep your ductless unit clean is to keep the outside unit clear of any dirt and debris. If your system collects too much dust or dirt, it can trigger a chain reaction that damages other parts of your system and lowers your air quality. All you’ll need is a damp cloth or a safe chemical cleaner to wipe down the exterior of your outdoor unit and its vents. Make an effort to clean your outdoor unit whenever you’re cleaning your house to avoid collecting more and more dirt over time.
Clean Your Condenser Coils
As part of your outdoor unit cleaning routine, you’ll also want to clean the condenser coils to ensure they keep the unit in good working order. You can clean the condenser and coils by first making sure the power to the unit is turned off at the circuit breaker of the electrical panel. Then use a regular garden hose to gently spray and rinse the coil of lingering dirt and debris. You’ll want to make sure the parts are fully dry before turning the circuit breaker back on. Keeping the coils clean will maximize your system’s efficiency.
Clean Your Filters
When you’re cleaning your system, be filter friendly! The filters in your system are extremely important for protecting the rest of your system from dirt. To clean them, you’ll want to carefully remove them from inside your unit. Rinse them gently with warm water and then use a cloth to wipe them dry before reinstalling them in the unit. Eventually, your filters will be beyond saving, but with a routine clean every two months, they can last you a long time.
Give it Some Space
Ductless heating and cooling systems don’t take up too much space, but they operate best if they’re unobstructed by their surroundings. The more objects or furniture you have around your system, the higher the chance that dirt and dust will accumulate. For your unit to work properly, it needs sufficient wall space and should be placed about four feet from anything else. Giving your system space will allow for proper air circulation and keep it working efficiently for a longer period of time.
Check for Ice and Snow
When you activate your system to keep you warm in the winter, you’ll want to make sure there’s no ice or snow covering it. If there’s some frosty buildup, all you need to do is gently remove it. Ice and snow can damage your system and prevent it from running properly.
A thorough cleaning is crucial for your ductless system to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. While you can maintain the unit yourself, you’ll want to schedule an annual maintenance check by an HVAC professional who’ll not only deep clean it, but also ensure it works properly afterward. This annual service will also protect your equipment warranty as required by the manufacturer.
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