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3 Common Ductwork Issues

duct-leaks-breachesEvery central heating and air conditioning system uses a network of vents to transport air, commonly called the ducts. They’re an essential part of the air conditioning process, so anything that goes wrong with them can cause major efficiency and air quality issues. In this post, we’ll go over a few common duct problems. If you suspect you have a problem with your ducts, consider calling for air conditioning repair in Riverside, CA. 

Dirty Ducts

Your ducts are connected to every room of the house, and the air has no choice but to flow through them. If the inside of the ducts are dusty and dirty, you can imagine why this might be a problem.

A little bit of dust in the ducts isn’t a huge concern. Under certain conditions, however, they can encourage the growth of mold and bacteria. This will make them capable of delivering mold spores to your home. Since you won’t be able to look inside the ducts to know for sure, you should instead look out for the symptoms of poor indoor air quality, such as a sudden reprisal of asthma and allergy symptoms in you or your family members.

Trying to clean the ducts yourself might seem like an easy enough job, but there’s a good reason why duct cleaning is a professional service. Duct cleaning with improper technique or with the wrong tools can actually loosen up dirt and make the problem worse. On top of that, clumsy techniques might disconnect or loosen the seals in the ducts.

Duct Leaks

Are your energy bills a little higher than usual? If you’ve already looked at all the other signs of AC trouble and have found nothing wrong with your unit itself, the problem might be with the ducts. Every piece of the ductwork must be sealed, either through a tight fit or a sealant, or else it will develop leaks. Leaks prevent your conditioned air from getting to the right places and will result in wasted energy.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible for your ducts to be comprised of one solid tube or pipe. If that were the case, duct leaks would rarely be an issue since there would be no places for it to escape from. Flexible ductwork is the next best thing thanks to its ability to be directed around corners, but the material itself is susceptible to tears. The next best thing is to make sure your ducts are properly sealed with every routine maintenance.

Bad Duct Material or Installation

High-quality, flexible duct material works wonders when installed properly. However, it won’t have much of a fighting chance to show its strengths if the installation is bad. Likewise, excellent ductwork will only last as long as the material can. Both poor installation and poor-quality materials can have you calling for repairs or replacement.

  • Weak ductwork won’t stand the test of time and can easily be torn or separated.
  • If airflow is restricted due to bad installation, it’s going to lower overall efficiency.
  • The wrong type of material can amplify sound, making your AC sound much louder than it needs to be.

Does it sound like your ductwork needs some improvements? We’ll help you find out. Contact A-Avis Home Services Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today!

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