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How Are Ductless Mini Splits Installed?

A ductless mini split works similar to a standard heat pump: refrigerant cycles between an indoor and an outdoor unit, absorbing heat from one location and then releasing it in another in order to warm or cool the indoors. The difference between the two systems is that a mini split system uses multiple indoor air handlers instead of a single larger unit connected to ductwork. The individual air handlers contain blowers and refrigerant coils and send out conditioned air directly into the rooms.

Although these air handlers are miniature compared to the indoor components of a standard heat pump, ductless mini splits still require professionals to install. If you want fast and effective ductless mini split installation in Winnetka, IL or other parts of Chicagoland, call on the team with more than a century of experience of delivering home comfort: Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

What Happens During Ductless Mini Split Installation

When technicians install a ductless mini split heat pump for a home, they first determine the best location for the outdoor unit and which rooms will have separate air handlers. After figuring out this general layout, the installers will place and secure the outdoor unit; this part of the installation process is similar to how a standard heat pump or air conditioner is installed.

The next step is to put in the air handlers. The technicians will find wall locations in the rooms that are strong and not subject to excess vibration. They then drill outlet ports through the wall so the air handler can access the outdoor unit of the heat pump. Next, a mounting plate goes onto the wall. The technicians make sure the plate is secure and can handle the weight of the air handler while leaving no space behind where condensate leaking might damage and weaken building material. (This is one of the major dangers of amateur installation: wall damage that might cause the air handler to rip away and fall.)

After the mounting plate is in place, the installers connect the power cable, refrigerant piping, and drain hose through the outlet ports. The air handler now goes into place, connecting to each of the lines first before it is secured tightly onto the mounting plate.

Once all the components are set up, the installers put refrigerant into the system and test the electrical connections. You should have a fully working new ductless mini split after this.

We Can Install Your Ductless Mini Split System

At Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, we have experience installing all types of heaters and ACs. We can help you decide if your home will benefit from ductless heating and cooling, and then handle all the steps so you have a new system working for you in no time. Depend on us for ductless mini split installation in Winnetka, IL. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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