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Ductless Mini Split Installation

As with any system, it pays to know what’s involved when it comes to installation so you can make the right choice for your home and lifestyle. Ductless mini splits have a lifespan of approximately 10 years; beyond that, you’ll probably pay more for frequent repairs than you would for a replacement. If your mini split is approaching its life expectancy, it’s time to consider a replacement.

Time to Replace Your Ductless Mini Split AC System

A ductless system delivers hot and cold air with the help of a wall-mounted air handler in each room instead of using ductwork to move air throughout your home. In a ductless system, there’s a central condensing unit that supplies refrigerant to each of the wall air handlers.

Ductless systems might not be as seamlessly connected as ducted systems, but they do have advantages — especially if you like to maintain different temperatures in different rooms, since you can choose to circulate air in up to eight “zones” in your home.

Signs it’s time for a new ductless mini split air conditioner

As your ductless system ages, it begins to work less efficiently and will likely require more frequent repairs. Look out for the following symptoms that can suggest a replacement is in order:

  • The system no longer provides the comfort level it once did

  • Parts required for repairs become obsolete

  • Intermittent unreliable operation

How Does a Ductless System Replacement or Installation Work?

Get an assessment of your current system

An HVAC specialist will assess your ductless mini split system to get a feel for its size and the shape it’s in. If you’re looking to install a ductless mini split for the first time, the specialist will assess your whole home⁠ — the size of your house, its orientation, your current system—to find which options are best for you. A ductless system offers a great solution if you are looking to upgrade your system in terms of improved air quality, reduced cooling costs, zoning capabilities, or flexible positioning. If any of these characteristics appeal to your and your home’s needs, ask your specialist about the ductless system alternative.

Review the ductless system estimate with the specialist

You will be quoted based on the type and size of the ductless system. You have options, so don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Install your ductless mini split air conditioner

An HVAC technician will come to your house to install your new ductless AC system. This typically can take anywhere from one to two days, depending on the service provider and how elaborate the installation would be (considering factors like home size, system dimensions, home orientation, and more).

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Check out these articles that dive deeper into the parts, processes, and preparation that go into installing a ductless mini split system.

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