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Common Ductless Heating Issues to Watch for

Ductless heating systems have a lot of advantages, and are quite popular both as heating and air conditioning systems. Just like any other system, though, they have their own set of problems to deal with. As you use your ductless heating system to keep warm this winter, keep an eye out for issues that require repair. Let’s go over a few of the more common ductless heating issues that can show up.

Refrigerant Leaks

Ductless heating systems don’t burn fuel to generate heat. Instead, they evaporate and condense refrigerant in order to move preexisting heat from one place to the other. Because this is the core of the heat pump’s operation, losing refrigerant can quickly cause massive problems for the system. If you hear a hissing or gurgling noise coming from your system, it means that there’s air bubbles in the refrigerant line. That’s a sign of a refrigerant leak. You should call for repairs as soon as you notice this issue.

Broken Reversing Valve

The reversing valve is the part that enables the ductless system to change the flow of refrigerant, allowing it to act as either a heater or air conditioner. The valve is comprised of a slide, which moves between two positions to dictate the flow of refrigerant, and an electromagnet called the “solenoid.” If the slide becomes stuck, or the solenoid loses its charge, then the reversing valve will no longer to be able operate properly. This will likely manifest in your ductless heating system being unable to switch between modes. If your system seems to be stuck in heating or cooling mode, call for repairs as soon as possible.

If your ductless heat pump is in trouble, call Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. We offer a full range of heat pump repair services throughout Starke, FL. 

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