Just like any system, your home’s ductless mini-split requires regular maintenance to ensure they work properly long-term. Fortunately, mini-split HVAC systems are easy to maintain. Routine cleaning and maintenance will reduce the risk of developing larger issues and costing you major repairs. As a homeowner, you can perform some of your systems’ minor cleaning and maintenance tasks.
However, it is best to have a professional HVAC tech ensure your system is thoroughly cleaned, maintained, and fully updated. A professional will also be able to troubleshoot any issues or the replacement of parts. For five-star service and personalized solutions, trust the experts at Mission Comfort. We are a professional heating and air conditioning contractor that specializes in restoring and maintaining indoor comfort.
What Is A Ductless Mini Split?
A ductless mini-split is an air conditioning and heating solution that includes an indoor unit that is connected to an outdoor compressor. A mini-split can help you to cool or heat specific rooms in your home and are easier to install than a full ducted system. More efficient than an air conditioning window unit or space heater and less complex than a central HVAC system. The mini-split allows homeowners to focus temperature control on a specific room of the home without having to heat or cool the entire house.
A ductless air conditioner and heater come with quite a few advantages. For example, you won’t have to pay for expensive ductwork. The mini-split is also more energy efficient, saving you money on your utility bill. You can also cool one room of your home without having to cool the rest of your house. And ductless mini-splits are quiet, which is always a bonus.
How To Clean Your Ductless Mini Split And How Often
You should clean your mini-split units every 4-6 weeks. This will ensure that the units remain in good health operating at optimal levels. Before performing any maintenance or cleaning of your mini-split, be sure to turn off each component of the system. This includes both indoor and outdoor units. For optimal safety, you may also unplug it, as well. This helps you avoid being accidentally electrocuted while cleaning around some of the system’s electrical parts. Next, you want to gather up all of your supplies. Items you will need for a basic cleaning include:
- One clean, damp cloth
- One clean, dry cloth
- The appropriate household cleaners (suggested cleaning products may be listed in the owner’s manual)
- Water hose
- A vacuum cleaner with the brush nozzle attachment
Homeowners who desire a deeper clean will need just a few extra items that include:
- Coil cleaning tool
- Cleaning brush
- Spray bottle
- Condensate drain pump treatment
- Condensate drain cleaner
Once you have everything you need for cleaning your units, it’s time to get to work! Let’s discuss how to clean a ductless air conditioner.
Cleaning Your Indoor Mini Split
To begin cleaning your indoor mini-split unit, wipe down the exterior surface with a clean, damp cloth. Next, use a clean, dry cloth. After the exterior has been wiped clean, remove the front panel and take out the filter. The ductless air conditioner filter can be cleaned with mild detergent and a gentle spray of water. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the filter so that all of the detergents are rinsed off. Once that is done, allow the filter to air dry in a shaded area. When completely dry, you can place the filter back into the system.
The next step is to clean the evaporator coil. First, remove the unit’s cabinet and use a clean, dry cloth to remove any particles on the coils, such as dirt or mold. If the dry cloth isn’t working as well as you would like, you can use a cloth with coil cleaner. Once finished, place the cabinet and front panel back on.
The last step involves cleaning the condensate pan and drain. Mold growth or other debris may have accumulated with time, requiring you to use soapy water or bleach.
Cleaning Your Outdoor Mini Split
The first step you want to take when cleaning the outside unit is to clear away any debris from around the unit. Twigs, grass, leaves, and anything that is on, in, or around the unit. Next, use a water hose or a coil cleaning tool and spray down the exterior of your unit. You may also use a clean cloth to remove any grime or dirt that has accumulated on the housing of the unit. Once done, make sure to dry it.
Next, take your hose and a cleaning brush or cloth and scrub the grille and fan cage. If the grille can be removed once cleaned, you can then carefully clean the fan blades with mild soap and a damp cloth. Your unit blades are fragile and tend to bend, so exercise extreme caution when doing this step. Rinse the blades and dry them thoroughly to prevent rusting.
For cleaning the interior of the unit, a dry cloth and a vacuum with an attachment will easily clean away any dust or debris. The coils can be cleaned with a coil cleaner and a hose. Once done, check the condensate pan for mold growth or other accumulations. Use bleach to remove the mold, and thoroughly rinse the pan afterward. Lastly, use soap and water to wash the drain hose and remove dirt or build-up.
Contact Us For Annual Maintenance Of Your Ductless Mini Split
Is your ductless mini-split system time to have an annual clean and check service? If yes, we would be happy to offer you our service. Our professional technicians are friendly experts who can help keep your system running longer and stronger. We take pride in our work and offer customers competitive warranties and peace of mind guarantees. Contact us today to ensure your comfort and peace of mind stay intact.