Ductless mini-split HVAC systems are growing increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency and overall versatility. However, like all HVAC equipment, they are prone to an occasional breakdown that requires repairs.

If your ductless system is experiencing issues, contact the certified technicians at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for reliable repair service. We have experience repairing all makes and models of ductless mini-splits. Keep reading to learn more about the common signs your ductless system needs repair.

How Does a Ductless Mini Split Work?

What makes ductless mini-splits unique from traditional heating and cooling systems is they don’t use ductwork to distribute conditioned air across homes. Instead, they consist of an outdoor condenser/compressor unit and one or more indoor air handling units that are installed on ceilings or walls that distribute conditioned air. They are connected by a small conduit between the two systems.

A typical outdoor unit can work with up to eight indoor units. Although homeowners can have mini splits installed throughout their homes to create temperature zones, they are most commonly used to heat and cool one area of a home.

Some of the most common applications for ductless mini splits include rooms that are difficult to keep comfortable such as a bonus room over a garage or sunroom. They are also commonly installed in new home additions that aren’t connected to your home’s existing HVAC system. Mini-splits are also popular ways to heat and cool garages, basements and attics that are being converted to livable or workable spaces.

Signs Your Ductless System Needs Repair

Ductless systems may experience issues over time that require repair. Here are some signs that indicate your ductless system may need to be inspected by a professional:

Insufficient Heating or Cooling

If your ductless system is no longer providing adequate heating or cooling to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, it could indicate a problem. This may be caused by issues such as refrigerant leaks, a malfunctioning compressor or a faulty thermostat. Before you contact an HVAC company, check that the problem isn’t related to a clogged air filter.

High Energy Bills

When your mini-split heat pump needs repair, it can cause your system to run longer to reach the set temperature, causing an increase in energy costs.

Strange Noises

Unusual noises coming from your ductless heating and air conditioning system, such as grinding, rattling, or banging sounds, can signal mechanical problems or loose components. It’s essential to address these noises promptly to prevent further damage and potential system failure.

Frequent Cycling On and Off

If your ductless system constantly cycles on and off without effectively reaching the desired temperature, it may indicate an underlying issue. This could be due to a malfunctioning sensor, an electrical problem or a blocked air filter that restricts airflow.

Water Leaks

Water leaks around the indoor unit of your ductless heating and AC unit are a cause for concern. It could be an indication of a clogged condensate drain. Water leaks can damage the system and can lead to water damage in your home if left unaddressed. They can also cause mold and mildew to form which can negatively affect your family’s health.

Unresponsive Controls or Display

If the controls or display on your ductless heating and air conditioner system become unresponsive or malfunction, there could be an electrical issue or a faulty control board. This can affect the system’s overall performance and require professional repair.

If you observe any of these signs with your ductless system, contact a reputable HVAC technician to diagnose and repair the problem. Timely repairs can help restore your system’s efficiency, extend its lifespan and ensure optimal comfort in your home.

Contact Ravinia Plumbing for Ductless Mini Split Repair Service

If your ductless mini-split system is struggling to keep your home comfortable, contact Ravinia Plumbing for maintenance or repair service to get it back up and running again. We’ve been in business since 1928 (that’s 95 years!), and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable HVAC, plumbing, sewer and drain and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.