Leaking air ducts can pose a range of problems for homeowners, from higher utility bills to a variety of comfort issues. Here’s how you can tell it’s time for a repair, and why winter is the perfect time to schedule this type of service.
Your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is made up of a network of components, from appliances to air ducts. These are intended to work to move warm or cool air where you need it. However, the following issues could suggest that there are holes in the air ducts.
Comfort issues can arise as soon as your HVAC system starts leaking air. For instance, if one spot in your house never cools down when the AC is on, there’s a chance that the conditioned air is seeping out of the ducts before it has a chance to enter the room.
With heated or cooled air leaking from the ducts, your HVAC system has to work overtime to keep your home at the desired temperature. This can increase the appliance’s running time as well as your monthly utility bills.
Think of all the dust and debris sitting in your attic. If there are holes in your air ducts, these contaminants will get sucked in and blown out of the air vents throughout your home. This will exacerbate allergies and leave you with dusty surfaces everywhere.
With more particulate contaminants floating through your HVAC system, you’ll notice the air filters clog up rather quickly. Routinely changing air filters is important in keeping your system running efficiently, but if you need to do this too frequently it’s likely there’s a bigger problem.
As much as your HVAC service provider is happy to see you, if you find yourself experiencing regular maintenance issues and scheduling frequent appliance repairs, it’s worth asking if leaking air ducts could be creating these recurring problems.
Air ducts are typically located in the attic of your home. This keeps them out of the way, but, unfortunately, it means you need to time any repairs and services properly.
Being up in the attic where heat rises means this space is often too hot to safely work in during the summer. In south Texas, attics can reach temperatures of at least 150 degrees, even when the outside air temperature is in the mid-90s.
If you need to have an HVAC technician examine the system, the winter months are ideal. The attic will be a more suitable temperature so your skilled professional can spend time performing an in-depth inspection.
After evaluating and diagnosing the leaking air ducts and other problems, your Tiger Services technician can propose a solution. This may involve cleaning, sealing, repairing and re-insulating the air ducts — or even redesigning and replacing faulty components of your HVAC system.
We’ll leave you with a more consistent temperature throughout your home, improved indoor air quality and a safer system overall. Plus, we’ll ensure you stay cool and comfortable all next summer.
This winter, give yourself the gift of a comfortable home, now and in the seasons to come. Give Tiger Services a call at (210) 344-0060 to schedule a comprehensive ductwork sealing and inspection service for your San Antonio home.