Maintenance Split System

​Follow these 7 maintenance tips for ductless air conditioners to make sure that your unit is functioning properly and you are living comfortably.

GALVEZ AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION INC. gives you these simple tips to improve the efficiency of your mini split system.

Tips 

One of these easiest things you can do to keep your system in the best shape is making sure that it is free from dust and debris. If you allow dust, dirt and other particles to collect on the unit, they can easily find their way into the operating pieces and ultimately lead to major issues.

All you need to do to ensure that your ductless air conditioner remains clean on the outside is to make sure to include the unit in your weekly dusting routine. Simply wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth or a gentle and safe chemical cleaner. Additionally, make sure that the outdoor portion of the vents are free from dirt and dust and anything else that could clog the unit and make it malfunction. This small step can greatly reduce additional work and costs later.

While ductless air conditioners require less space than your average air conditioning system, they do work best if you give them plenty of unobstructed room to operate. To run smoothly, the unit needs to have ample wall space to work. Make sure that you do not have any large furniture or art surrounding it, as these things can encourage the accumulation of dust and can hinder the efficiency of the system. You want to make sure to give the machinery at least four feet of surrounding space in every direction, besides the walls themselves. Avoid placing bookcases or pictures on the wall near the ductless air conditioning unit. Clearing the space will prevent issues later and ensure that your machine is working correctly.

Naturally, you’re going to need to clean more than just the outside of the unit to ensure its optimal performance. Before completing the more extensive cleaning of the interior of the unit, you want to make sure that all the components are off. If you skip this step, you very likely run the risk of damaging your unit, or worse, harming yourself through electrocution or other means. You want to make sure that you turn off both in-home components and the exterior circuit switch. Once you have shut the unit down, make sure to allow it to cool for a decent amount of time. Starting too soon can also be a hazard.

The filters in your system are some of the most important components for checking the functionality of your ductless air conditioner. Without proper maintenance, these filters can lead to decreased efficiency.

To clean your air filters, you will want to carefully remove them from the inside of the unit. Use a clean, dry cloth to gently wipe the filters clear of dirt and dust. You can check your manual for information about how often you should complete this task, though typically you will want to do this every four to six weeks for best results.

The filters are an important part in protecting the rest of your unit from dust accumulation and greatly contribute to the air quality in your home. At some point, you may need to replace the filters. If they cannot be sufficiently cleaned or are damaged, go ahead and replace them.

You will also want to maintain the outdoor portion of your unit. Because this portion is essential to the continued operation of your system, you want to make sure that you regularly maintain the condenser and coils. Outdoor dirt and debris can quickly collect on this part of your unit, preventing it from working. If left unmaintained it can prevent the entire system from working and cause a lot of damage

To clean, ensure that all the components are off and then use your regular garden hose to spray the unit. Once you have completed this, make sure that the fins did not bend, and if they did, you can use an alignment comb to return them to their original shape. You can then dust off any final debris by hand, and be sure that the unit is completely dried off when you’re done. Add this task to your weekly cleaning routine to ensure that your ductless air conditioner regularly is attended to.

The pipes are an essential in emitting the cold or heat into your home, and they are the pathways between the outside and inside components of the machine. If left untouched, dirt, dust and other items can collect and block air from entering your home. This obviously stops your ductless air conditioner from working. Additionally, pipes can develop leaks, which prevent proper functioning. You will want to take a look at these pipes every so often to ensure they are clear. This is an easy step to address when you are cleaning your air filters, so be sure to not let this task fall through the cracks.

When used for heating, ductless air conditioners can collect ice and snow, which can inhibit their ability to run efficiently. Regularly check the outside of your machinery for accumulation, and if you spot any, gently remove it from the unit. During the winter, you are likely running your unit frequently, and you will want to make sure that it is protected. Leaving this part of the unit covered in ice can quickly lead to expensive issues.

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  • positive review  Amazing service! Our AC unit started blowing hot air at 8pm and by 8:30 they were already taking a look at our unit. He was able to fix it in less than an hour. Very glad to have found him!

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    June 8, 2021
  • positive review  What a great guy/service, came out, had to redo/repair the mess I made putting in a new thermostat, replaced the parts that blew, generally checked the whole unit, and it cost much less than I had anticipated – I will always call Galvez A/C for any future A/C needs

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    November 20, 2020
  • positive review  IF YOU EVER HAVE A/C ISSUES – THIS COMPANY (CEO JOSE GALVEZ) SAVED US – LITERALLY! I have lived in Arizona my entire life and I am 37. I have had several different homes from the West Valley to the East Valley and graduated from ASU in 2009. I have NEVER seen a Company care more about their customers than this Company. Our air conditioning went out 3 weeks ago and I am a full time attorney with two children who are in the midst of home schooling now with the pandemic as Gilbert is providing online courses for my children. I had been going outside to flip the breaker on and off as well as turning off my unit just to get by until the a/c repair company came out. I had FOUR companies come out to fix my unit and most told me that it would be 3 to 4 weeks more because of COVID-19 and other issues. My compressor, in the meantime, completely quit and my house inside raised to 95 degrees in temperature. I lost 3 animals and have heart issues. I was worried about my family and worried about how I would be able to provide for them if something happened as heat worsens my condition. My kind neighbors ended up giving me a place to stay while we waited for everything to get fixed. The 4th company to come out told me they would treat me right and promised not to price gouge. They ended up telling me it would be $11,200 to replace my a/c. They didn’t even climb into my attic to really find the problem. To make matters worse, I found out that they were only paying $3,500 for the unit they were charging me $11,200 to fix. I was at a loss and called a close friend asking for help. I have been struggling to make ends meet as several of my corporate clients have gone under with so much going on in the world and now I was trying to work from my neighbor’s home. I was worried about this personal emergency causing me to be unable to work for the clients that I have left. My fried recommended Jose to me and I was leary because all of the prior 4 companies had been so dishonest and seemed to not care about my predicament. Jose came out immediately and told me it would cost half the price of what every other company quoted me. He was honest, fair, and showed me why my A/C had broken down. He climbed into the attic and took time to actually find out what had happened. My A/C had broken twice last summer and this was the second time this summer. We moved into this home last year and I was starting to believe we would never find someone to fix the real problem. Arizona heat is brutal and a broken A/C disrupts Arizonan’s entire lives, especially with children in the home and pets. It is a health emergency. Jose treated it that way and told me everything was going to be okay. I had broken down crying because it was all so much and he was so professional despite how embarrassed I was to be a corporate attorney who couldn’t even handle everything at the point he came out because so much had been disrupted in our lives without having shelter we could live in any longer. Jose ordered the new unit the same day he came to my home to find out what was going on. He came with his employees next morning at 5:30 am to install and cleaned everything before he left. He saved me and my family in a way I could never repay. I will NEVER use another A/C company and will be referring EVERYONE to him. We are back in our home and finally back to being able to live our lives and work. Jose, you have saved an attorney and her family. Thank you for being honest, kind, professional, and so hard working. Thank you for giving us our home back.

    Ashley Mathis Avatar Ashley Mathis
    August 10, 2020
  • positive review  I needed someone to come out and fix my failing AC because of a previous installers poor workmanship. I saw Galvez had great reviews in my area. I ended up calling late in the day, but he was still able to come out. Mr. Galvez and his assistant showed up promptly, looking neat and professional. They redid my previous installers work quickly and accurately. Mr. Galvez was super nice, and super knowledgeable. He completed the work correctly at a fraction of what the previous installer wanted to fix their own mistake. I will definitely be using Galvez again for my future checkups and maintenance.

    Dean Kay Avatar Dean Kay
    July 9, 2020
  • positive review  Galvez AC recently installed a new Ac and furnace for me. He beat out 2 other estimates, one by 4000 dollars and the other one by over $ 1000. They arrived on time and went right to work, no breaks and done in under 6 hours. Honest and very knowledgable and friendly. I cannot recommend them enough. We are highly satisfied.

    Steve Kosko Avatar Steve Kosko
    April 2, 2020
  • positive review  Jose did our regular maintenance for several years then installed the systems in our new home. He does awesome works at fair prices. He knows what he is doing and it shows in the quality of his work. Highly recommend Galvez AC & R for all your needs, service, repair, or installation.

    Kay Cottingham Robinson Avatar Kay Cottingham Robinson
    June 13, 2019
  • positive review  Called and Jose was at my house within a few hours. Doesn’t charge a trip fee , you only pay for his time and parts which aren’t doubled in price. Couldn’t be happier. Nice to find a air and heat Company that’s trust worthy and so reasonably priced. He also has no problem working week ends without charging extra. Very satisfied. 😀

    Kathy Palmer Avatar Kathy Palmer
    May 13, 2019
  • positive review  Great honest service! We highly recommend these guys.

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    April 18, 2019
  • positive review  Great service, reliable and friendly.

    Alva Velazquez Avatar Alva Velazquez
    October 8, 2018
  • positive review  For all your air conditioning needs!

    Troy Erickson Avatar Troy Erickson
    September 18, 2018

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Jose did our regular maintenance for several years then installed the systems in our new home. He does awesome works at fair prices. He knows what he is doing and it shows in the quality of his work. Highly recommend Galvez AC & R for all your needs, service, repair, or installation. Kay Cottingham Robinson 

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1. Schedule  your appointment

Call us by phone (480) 528-2331 or online to schedule a time that works for you and request a free installation estimate.

2. Receive a call or text message for approximate time of arrival (ATOA).

Your designated tech will call you when they are on their way to your home. Your HVAC Specialist will call you or message you 30 minutes BEFORE arriving.

3. Know your cost estimate upfront

Your designated tech will explain the solution before any work begins and give you an estimate. You’ll be presented with “Good”, “Better”, “Best” options and prices for each. We provide you with numerous options.

4. Repair or Install

Usually, your technician has the part(s) in his truck stock to repair or install same day, depend what kind work you want.

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If you purchase a repair with Galvez Air Conditioning, we will waive the usual diagnosis fee, which is the cost to visit your home and diagnose your system’s problem. ($89.99 value).Some restrictions may apply, call for details. Coupon valid M-F 8am-5pm. Excludes Sundays, holidays and commercial properties. Expires 10/31/2021​.