It is estimated that faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of air loss in a system – that’s a lot of cool air to lose during the summer, and a lot of air for which your air conditioner has to compensate. Faulty ductwork is ductwork that has holes, cracks, broken seals and disconnections, and all can contribute to serious air loss for your air conditioning.
Signs of Faulty Ductwork
There are some common signs that can indicate you may need work done on your ducts. Our Intelligent Air Services technicians have put together a list of signs they have seen while working with customers in Austin:
- Steep increase in utility bills – many problems can contribute to higher energy bills. If you’ve ruled out the majority of them, haven’t changed how you use your air conditioning and are still seeing a sharp increase in energy usage, it may be time to have your ductwork inspected and repaired.
- Definitive hot and cold spots – it isn’t unusual for certain parts of your home to experience small temperature variances throughout the day, but if you are experiencing very definitive areas of hot and cold in your home, this may indicate certain vents are not delivering air properly.
- Increase of wear-and-tear on your system – when your air conditioner has to work harder to compensate for air loss, it prematurely ages the system and its components. This can lead your system to malfunction and break down more frequently.
- Decrease in indoor air quality – are you noticing your indoor air is stuffier, has more particulates or is making you feel poorly? These can all be signs that your vents are delivering excess particles of dust and dirt as pulled into the system from cracks and holes.
Why Duct Sealing Isn’t a DIY Project
Ductwork can be long and complex in structure, and it can be difficult to see all the existing problems without the right equipment and training. When hiring professionals for your duct sealing like the ones from Intelligent Air Services, your ductwork isn’t just repaired; it is tested for air flow (both before and after repair), backdrafting and supply and return air balance to ensure that the problems have been fixed. If you suspect you may have issues with your ductwork, call us today and schedule air conditioning service in Austin, TX with our experts.