One of the most common questions asked by homeowners new to ductless air conditioners is about the repair requirements and associated costs compared to whole-home ducted air conditioners. In today’s post, local AC contractor The Ice-Man shares a look at the repair requirements of ductless air conditioners.
Ductless vs. Ducted Air Conditioners
Both types of air conditioners consist of two units: an outdoor unit that houses the compressor and condenser, and an indoor unit that houses the evaporator. A typical whole-house air conditioner has a separate air handler that distributes cool air through a series of air ducts. A ductless air conditioner, on the other hand, has its own air handler built into the indoor unit.
Ductless air conditioners are designed to cool one or two rooms. An entire house would require multiple ductless air conditioners. This means each room would have its own custom temperature and its own thermostat. Certain types of ductless air conditioners can also function as heat pumps — which essentially work like air conditioners in reverse — and provide both heating and air conditioning by changing their settings.
Ductless Air Conditioner Repair Needs
Ductless air conditioners have unique repair requirements that make them completely different from their ducted counterparts:
Lack of ductwork — The lack of ductwork eliminates the need to clean and maintain air ducts, an essential maintenance task for ducted systems. Duct maintenance typically requires specialized equipment for removing dust and sealing joints.
Localized repairs — When one air conditioning unit breaks down, it won’t impact the other rooms in the house. Repair work will also be focused in a much smaller area. In comparison, if a whole-house air conditioner breaks down, the entire house will be affected. On the other hand, having multiple ductless air conditioners in your home means you’ll have to replace a number of different air filters at the same time.
If you’re switching to a ductless air conditioning system, it’s important to work with an AC repair technician who understands the differences between the two types of systems. Call The Ice-Man at (609) 466-9020 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.