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Adding a Ductless System in your New Addition? Check the Condensate Drain Before and After Insulating

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

If you’ve wisely decided that a ductless system is the heating and cooling solution for your new addition, use this guide to make sure installation is performed to HVAC-industry best practices, and you can avoid unnecessary and costly trouble later.

A Ductless System Done Right

Ductless mini splits provide a practical heating and cooling solution for a plethora of applications, including a new addition. However, ductless installation requires a skilled technician with experience installing these unique systems. Training and manufacturer licensing for ductless installation should be a prerequisite.

Good Water Drainage Prevents Water Damage

Ductless systems are redesigned heat pumps (and cooling-specific systems), which means there will be condensate on the indoor air-handler. The condensate travels through the condensate drain line, which is installed in concealed and inaccessible spaces, such as inside walls, once installation is complete.

The condensate line and refrigerant tubing often share the same conduit housing, depending on the installation, and are susceptible to leaking water inside walls, causing water damage to insulation, drywall, electrical wiring and more.

These are situations your licensed Mitsubishi Electric Contractor is trained to avoid:

  • The refrigerant tubing isn’t properly insulated to prevent condensation forming along the cold line in cooling cycle.
  • The condensate line doesn't have proper suction or slope to the condensate drain, which hinders water movement and promotes clogs and debris blockages.
  • The conduit and/or refrigerant wrap are damaged during installation.

Your Mitsubishi Electric Contractor is pre-qualified, trained and licensed to provide professional installation of your new Mitsubishi ductless system. Your licensed technician will thoroughly explain simple and routine care tips you can perform between annual service to make sure your ductless system is operating at peak performance, including:

  • Check the air filter every two to three months. A clean air filter saves energy and prevents debris from accumulating on refrigerant lines and the coil.
  • Inspect the outside unit from time to time to make sure debris doesn't block airflow to the cabinet and to visually confirm water's draining at the condensate drain.

To find a Virginia Mitsubishi Electric Contractor near your Virginia home, contact us today.

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