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Loose Air Ducts Signs & How They Affect Your HVAC System


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We talk about your HVAC system as if it were the life force of your home. Your ducts connect your AC and furnace to your indoor spaces, much like a circuit from a switch to a lightbulb. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to cool your home to your exact specification during a sweltering summer day. Of course, if you have leaks, it’s like operating without the convenience of your ducts anyway.

Our team has traced loose duct issues to various causes, from poor installation to excess humidity. We can certainly ensure our installations are always thorough, but living in North Texas, excess moisture is more difficult to avoid. In reality, you may experience loose ducts at some point in your system’s lifetime, so it’s essential to recognize the signs. Once you do, Willard AC will be on the job.

Signs of Problematic Ducts

Loose ducts are air ducts with leaks around the adhesive site. The sealing can break due to wild animals sneaking in there, system aging, and damage from improper repairs. You’ll know if you have a leaking air duct because your HVAC system will exhibit the following signs:

  • Excess dust or humidity in the home
  • Spikes in your energy bill
  • Collapsing or dented ducts
  • Difficulties heating or cooling a space properly

Additionally, loose ducts make considerably more noise than they should. Your HVAC system should be quiet, but if you notice a rattling, banging, or vibrating noise when the system is on, you need to have your ducts checked out by a professional.

These pathways leading to your home’s spaces also help maintain the indoor air quality. Leaking ducts can pull in dusty air that hasn’t gone through the system’s air filtration. This mishap is especially a problem for ducts in basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Low indoor air quality can take a toll on your family’s health, but loose air ducts cause problems for your entire HVAC system as well.

Managing Leaking Air Ducts

The Environmental Protection Agency states that homes can lose about 20-30% of the air in ducts due to leaks, holes, and poorly sealed connections. When air escapes your ducts, your HVAC system is forced to work harder to make up for the lost air. If it’s cold outside, your furnace won’t heat your home efficiently, leading to an overworked furnace. Breakdowns and excessive repairs are likely to follow for a strained system.

Loose air ducts cause your system to strain as it tries to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, which costs you money in inevitable repairs and energy expenses. Willard AC provides leak detection and sealing services to help your home get back to prime condition. Save time and money now by taking care of your ducts.

Call Willard for any issues you may experience with your HVAC system.

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