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DUCTLESS OR MINI-SPLIT MAINTENANCE TIPS

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR DUCTLESS SYSTEM FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE

With proper care and cleaning, your ductless heat pump or air conditioner will run better and more efficiently for years to come.
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The following information is for educational purposes only. Tampering with your system may void your warranty. If you have any questions about your system, call a Trane Comfort Specialist™.

DUCTLESS SYSTEM MAINTENANCE - DIY

Ductless systems (also known as mini-split systems) are a flexible solution for rooms where ductwork isn’t available. Ductless systems can include several different configurations including ductless air conditioners or ductless heat pumps. Multi-zone ductless systems connect several indoor units to one outdoor unit. While most ductless system maintenance should be performed by your local dealer, there are a few preventative maintenance measures and cleaning tips you can take to maximize the efficiency of your ductless system. Before starting any ductless mini-split maintenance, remember to turn off each component in the system, including the outdoor and indoor units.

KEEP YOUR DUCTLESS SYSTEM CLEAN

Wipe down the outside of the unit with a damp cloth to prevent dust from accumulating.

MAKE SURE THERE IS SPACE AROUND THE UNIT

Don’t put bookcases, picture frames or any other furniture close to a ductless system.

CLEAN THE FILTERS OF YOUR DUCTLESS SYSTEM

Each indoor evaporator unit has a removable air filter that should be cleaned regularly. Clean these filters at least as often as recommended in your user manual, or more often if your family is sensitive to dust or if you own pets.

CLEAN THE CONDENSER

Make sure your ductless system outdoor unit is powered off, then, using a garden hose, spray any dust and dirt off of the coil. Avoid using high water pressure, as the fins can be easily bent. If you accidentally bend some of the fins, they can be easily bent back into place with a special alignment comb.

DUCTLESS SYSTEM SERVICE SCHEDULE - DEALER

Your mini split system or ductless system operates just like a traditional system - except without the ductwork. So, you should have your ductless system serviced by a professional twice a year - once before heating season and again before cooling season. Here are a few of the things your local Trane dealer will check for during your ductless system service appointment:

CHECK ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS

All electrical connections inside the condensing unit should be spot-checked for loose connections, short circuits or evidence of overheating.

CHECK THE RUN CAPACITORS

The run capacitors should be checked for bulging, deformation or leaks. If any are present, faulty run capacitors should be replaced.

LOOK FOR REFRIGERANT LEAKS

Refrigerant lines should be checked for signs of leaks, and patched or replaced where necessary. Leaks are especially common at flare connections, which may need to be tightened.

CHECK THE DRAIN HOSE FOR BLOCKAGES

The hose that moves condensation from the evaporator units should also be checked to make sure water is flowing freely.

DUCTLESS SYSTEM NOT WORKING?

DUCTLESS SYSTEM TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS

Here a few common problems and quick fixes to try if your ductless system isn’t working properly.

Problem: Water leaks
Solution: Check your drain line or pan. It may be clogged or over-filled.
Problem: Ductless system not keeping room warm or cold enough.
Solution: Check your filters. They may need to be cleaned or replaced.

For more ductless system troubleshooting tips, check out our ductless system troubleshooting guide and this guide to why a ductless system is right for you.

HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR DUCTLESS SYSTEM

ONLY USE IT WHEN YOU NEED IT

Your ductless system is a very efficient way to heat or cool a room - but that efficiency can be decreased if you keep it turned on when you’re not using it. Be smart.

KEEP IT CLEAN AND THE AREA AROUND IT CLEAR

Keep dust and debris from building up on the unit itself and keep dust collecting furniture and art away.

SCHEDULE ANNUAL DUCTLESS SYSTEM SERVICE CHECKS

Your ductless system needs routine maintenance to operate at its best, just like a conventional HVAC system. We recommend having it checked out before the heating season and again before cooling season.

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