Your air conditioner (as well as your heater if you have a forced-air system) uses ventilation shafts throughout the house to bring you comfort. These ducts are designed with a tight seal so they won’t lose air pressure as the air move from the AC/heater to the supply registers and into your living spaces. Should the ducts develop damage because of corrosion, construction mistakes, or disasters such as earthquakes, it can lead to serious trouble for your air conditioner and your air quality.
If you have noticed problems with your ducts (musty or lukewarm air from the vents, reduced air pressure) you should call specialists right away for duct repair services. You shouldn’t try to fix the problem on your own—especially not with duct tape, which isn’t actually designed for ducts—but rely on professionals with the right equipment. For duct repair service in Culver City, CA look to JW Heating & Air and our team of NATE-certified technicians.
Here are some of the problems that prompt and proper duct repairs will fix:
- Drops in cooling/heating power: A break along the ducts, even a small hole due to corrosion, will allow air to escape from the ductwork before reaching the registers. This will cause a drop in air pressure and a subsequent loss in conditioning power. The infiltration of outside air, which is usually too warm or too cold, will also affect your AC’s ability to provide you with the temperatures you want.
- Reduction of HVAC efficiency: A large amount of dust, debris, and contamination can enter ductwork through damaged areas. This will cause your AC and heater to struggle against extra friction along the air channels, making the system more expensive to run. The debris infiltration will also enter the HVAC system’s cabinet and cause damage that will necessitate repairs.
- Lowering of indoor air quality: When ductwork develops breaks, the gaps open onto hidden parts of your home such as crawlspaces and between walls. These areas often contain excess dust and dirt as well as damp air. If this contamination enters your ductwork, it will then get blown out the vents into the air you breathe. The increase in humidity will also encourage the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria, which are particularly bad news for indoor air quality.
Professional duct repair technicians use special blower equipment to locate where your ventilation system is losing air pressure. They then fix the breaks with mastic sealing or metallic tape. They will not leave your home until they are certain you have airtight ducts once more.
JW Heating & Air is available for all your needs for duct repair in Culver City, CA, as well as indoor air quality services like filter installation and UV germicidal lights to remediate mold. Call us today.