Finding Duct Leaks

Damaged Air Ducts Lower AC System Efficiency

The efficiency of your air conditioner has a direct impact on your energy costs during the summer months. A loss in efficiency is often blamed on the air conditioner itself, but you may be surprised to find that the problem could be with your air ducts instead.

A network of air ducts runs through your home. These ducts are responsible for delivering cool air from the condenser unit to each of the rooms in your home. Learn more about duct damage so that you can invest in repairs that will keep your AC system running as efficiently as possible.

Poor Installation

The integrity of your air ducts depends on the quality of the installation work performed when the ducts were added to your home.

Only the most experienced HVAC professionals should be entrusted with the installation of air ducts. These professionals understand the relationship between an air conditioner's efficiency and the design of a home's duct system.

If you suspect that poor duct installation is compromising the efficiency of your cooling system, contact an HVAC professional to have the defective ducts repaired.

Improperly Sized Ducts

Air ducts must be sized appropriately if they are to function properly. The size of the ducts that will be needed in your home depends on the make and model of your air conditioner unit.

An experienced HVAC technician will be able to identify the right duct size. Ducts that are too large can result in reduced airflow, which increases the amount of energy consumed by your home's cooling system.

Ducts that are too small can create blockages that prevent cool air from reaching all of the rooms inside your home. Your HVAC technician will be able to evaluate your existing ducts and replace any that are not the right size.

Pest Problems

Poor installation and improper duct size are not the only dangers you need to watch out for when maintaining your air ducts. Pests commonly found inside residential properties can do serious damage to air ducts.

Rodents, raccoons, or birds that find their way into the open spaces between your home's walls can wreak havoc on air ducts. These pests can create holes in the ductwork and even cause sections of your air duct to break loose.

An AC repair technician can inspect your air ducts for signs of pest damage and make the necessary repairs to prevent this damage from compromising the efficiency of your cooling system.