Exploring The Importance Of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Hello, my name is Darby Aldrich. I would like to talk to you about the importance of maintaining your air conditioning system. When I moved to a hot climate, I did not realize how vital having a running air conditioner was for living comfortably. When the unit just stopped working one day, the temperature inside the house rivaled the piping hot weather outdoors. We had to go to the community center to keep the kids from feeling sick. While we were gone, we had a local HVAC contractor fix the unit. She let us know that some simple maintenance tasks would prevent that situation in the future. I will use this site to closely explore those tasks in great detail. I hope you can use the information to keep your air conditioner running like new. Thanks.

3 Common Problems That Can Stop Air Flow In Its Tracks


Imagine starting up your HVAC system only to notice that you're not getting any air coming out of one or more of your supply air vents. It's an all-too-common problem that many homeowners experience, especially in older homes with aging ductwork. If you want to get to the heart of the problem, you'll want to learn about the following three issues that could prevent conditioned air from reaching one or more rooms in your home.

Problem #1: Leaky Ducts

Leaks caused by tears or holes in the ductwork are the most common culprit when dealing with air flow problems. Even a small leak can cause you to lose up to 30 percent of the conditioned air that passes through your ducts. A larger tear or hole can cause air to completely bypass your ductwork, resulting in zero airflow and higher energy bills.

The solution for leaky ductwork generally depends on the size of the leak and its location. Most leaks can be patched up with the careful application of mastic sealant or aluminum foil tape. Major leaks, including holes caused by rust or corrosion, may require the entire section of the duct in question to be completely replaced. Only a professional will know for certain whether you'll need to repair or replace your ducts.

Problem #2: Disconnected Ducts

It's not unusual for two sections of ductwork to come apart, creating a gap that lets conditioned air escape into the walls and attic instead of going where needed. Mounting hardware failures, adhesive failures and accidental damage during an inspection are usually to blame when it comes to a completely disconnected duct.

As with leaky ductwork, it's usually a good idea to let a professional track down and reconnect disconnected ducts.

Problem #3: Crushed or Kinked Flex Ducts

Flex ducts are a great idea for routing conditioned air in places where rigid ducts would have a hard time fitting, but their flexibility can also be their downfall. Flex ducts are highly vulnerable to being kinked or crushed during installation or even during a routine inspection. The result is usually a pinch point that chokes off air flow, starving your room of conditioned air.

It's a good idea to check up on your flex ducts just to make sure they're not being deformed. If they are, you'll need to take steps to repair the damage, even if it means replacing that particular section with a new flex duct. To learn more, contact a company like Amc Cool Air


30 August 2017