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It’s Time to Ditch Those Leaky Ducts

The air duct is a crucial component of your heating and cooling system. But sad to say, this is also one of most neglected features especially when it comes to maintenance. And as the system ages, leaks and cracks can develop which can greatly affect the performance of your HVAC system. It is hard to know if leaks are present in your air ducts and to help you decide if you need an immediate duct repair service, here are signs that you need to consider:

  • Poor Indoor Air Quality

Do you spend more time dusting and cleaning than you used to in the past? A small amount of dust and dirt are normal in homes, but if you find your indoor atmosphere dirtier and dustier than usual, you are probably dealing with leaky ducts. The presence of leaks can give you poor indoor air quality as they allow dirt, dust and other contaminants to accumulate in the ducts and be blown in the vents when you start to run your system.

  • High Energy Bill

Have you experienced unexplained rising of your energy bill? Be sure to consider your air duct when you look for the cause. The HVAC system is a closed system, and the air duct serves as the passage for the conditioned or heated air to reach its destination. The presence of leaks in the ducts allow for the needed air to be lost in the system. As results, your heating and cooling systems need to work harder and longer to reach the temperature set on your thermostat, giving you a skyrocketing energy bill.

  • Insufficient Comfort

When the outside temperature is at peak, we rely on our homes for comfort. But if your home is not as cool or warm as it used to be, leaking air ducts must be the reason why. The leaks allow for the escape of warm or cold air, leaving you with poor comfort inside your home.

What To Do With Leaky Air Ducts

If you experience the signs mentioned above in your home, you need to schedule an air duct inspection with your trusted HVAC technician right away. This will give you complete and accurate findings and the right solution to solve your air duct problems.

Are you having trouble with leaky ducts? Give us a call at Automatic Air Conditioning and Heating, and we’ll have the issue fixed fast and right.


Why Are There Water Stains on My Ceiling Around the A/C Vents?

Try looking up at the ceiling. Do you see a discolored ring around your air vents? Something is probably not right with your system which should never be ignored.

The water stains around your air conditioner vents are caused by condensation. This happens when hot air comes in contact with the cool air ducts. Unless you want to pay for the damages caused by water drippings or you want to be troubled by mold growth in your home, you need to get this issue fixed in no time.

Causes of Condensation And How To Fix Them

  • Poorly Insulated Air Ducts

The reason why the humid air touches the cold air duct is poor insulation. Try leaving a cold glass on the table for a minute or two. You see water droplets starting to form on the surface of the glass right? The same thing happens in the duct system. If not insulated, the cold duct and the warm air come in contact with each other, allowing condensation to take place.

Insulate your ducts properly to prevent this issue from taking place. Additionally, doing so can save you on your cooling costs.

  • Under-Insulated ‘vent’ Boot

The metal sheet that you see when you take off your A/C vent is called the boot. It is the connection between the ducts and the vent which should be surrounded by insulation. With poor insulation, the boot gets cold and causes water condensation which drips in the ceiling. Insulating the boot is the solution. And you can choose fiberglass insulation for a better result.

  • Air Leaks Around the Boot or Vents

If the duct and vents are properly insulated, the culprit probably lies in an air leak. This happens when the vent boot attaches to the ducts, allowing cold air to escape. When it meets with the warm attic air, condensation takes place. If the vent is accessible from your attic, be sure to find the leaks and seal them. If it is not, call a professional technician to do the job.

Getting Rid of Water Stains

Some easy fixes homeowners make is to paint the ceiling and remove the stained drywall. But these procedures do not completely solve the issue. To entirely fix water stain problems in the ceiling, it is best to hire a professional technician.

You can count on the professionals at Automatic Heating and Air for this matter. We have a team of experts who are always willing to take the job. Call us today!