You can keep your Springfield, Missouri, ductless air conditioner functioning at peak efficiency by responding to problems immediately. Here are the following signs you should watch out for:
1. Malfunctioning Controls
You may have an electrical problem or a faulty reversing valve. Electrical issues can be dangerous, so don’t try to fix it yourself.
2. Icy Buildup
If condensation collects on the surface of a dirty evaporator coil, that coil can freeze up. An icy coil can’t absorb heat from indoor air, so cooling output will be reduced. Ice can warp the coil so severely that it needs to be replaced.
3. Diminished AC Output
Low or zero cooling output can signal a refrigerant leak. Without refrigerant, your ductless mini-split will function as nothing more than a fan. If the fan is blowing air, but that air isn’t cool, there’s probably a leak somewhere.
4. Water Puddles
The condensate line drains moisture collected from indoor air. If the line gets clogged with dirt, mold or algae, water can back up into the system. That water can cause property damage and foster the growth of mold.
5. Spiking Electric Bills
When there are obstructions to airflow, a ductless mini-split must overwork to push cool air through the blockages. An increased workload translates into higher energy bills.
6. Grinding Sounds
The bearings in the motor of a ductless AC can wear down. The increased friction can cause a grinding noise. Over time, the motor can overheat and burn out.
7. Performance Fluctuations
A healthy ductless air conditioner will generate consistently cool air. Many things can cause inconsistent performance, but you can be sure that something is wrong somewhere.
If your ductless mini-split has any of these issues, call Lorenz Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an inspection for your system. Our technicians will answer any questions you have about your ductless system.