As experts in HVAC maintenance and repair, as well as duct cleaning, we realize that many homeowners are not aware of the signs that all may not be well with the ductwork that supplies conditioned air to your home. You probably know that your ductwork can leak air, but holes, kinks and loose connections can cause a huge headache as well. How do you know if you should have a contractor come take a look? Here are five signs that indicate your ducts may be leaking air.
- Your home feels less comfortable than it once did. Do you have a room or rooms that feel colder or warmer than the most comfortable areas of your home? If a room feels stuffy, humid or you smell a musty odor, it could be that the ducts supplying air to those rooms are leaking. Look for excessive dust in those areas as well.
- High energy costs. If your ducts are leaking air, much of the conditioned air is escaping outside of your home, meaning your HVAC system has to work harder to cool or heat your home. This translates to substantially higher energy costs.
- Hissing or other strange noises. Have you heard hissing or other strange noises when your HVAC system comes on? It could indicate leaks in your ductwork.
- Repairs that roll around too often. If it seems you’re constantly having to have the HVAC system in your home repaired, it could be due to duct leaks. When your system has to work harder to keep your home comfortable, other parts of the system will naturally wear and have to be repaired or replaced.
- Clogged or dirty air filters. While your ductwork delivers conditioned air to your home, it must pass through the filter first so that dust, pollen and other airborne particles are trapped. When your filter becomes dirty far more quickly than it should, leaking ductwork could be the culprit.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we work not only to provide our customers with the best in HVAC equipment and installation, but to maintain existing systems to prevent expensive repairs or having to replace your system much too soon. Contact us today for all of your San Joaquin county duct cleaning and HVAC repair needs.