Leaky Ductwork Could Sap the Cool Air of Your A/C
Waiting until an air conditioning repair is needed to have the ductwork inspected may have allowed damage to take place. If there is a problem, moist air leaking into the attic has perhaps soaked the insulation, wood and roof decking. Your air conditioner has to work harder to compensate for the lost air. It also has to work harder because of the heat coming through impaired or worthless insulation. This can lead to your ac system breaking down.
Leaks in the ductwork also allow the infiltration of dust, dirt, insects and possibly rodents. Every time your air conditioner is blowing air into your house, you are getting the contaminants in the ducting system. This can lead to creating respiratory problems or exacerbating existing ones. If you are used to “funny sounds” in the attic every time your unit comes on, call an air conditioning repair company.
The technician will inspect both the insulation and the ducting system. He or she may recommend the ducting system be cleaned thoroughly. This is the best way to deal with the problem. A long circular brush is used to scrub the majority of debris out of all the vents in the attic and walls. A large vacuum will remove the contaminants without getting the house dirty. The technician will then spray the inside of the ducts with a sealant to kill any remaining contaminants and prevent further growth. Leaks in the ducts will be repaired. Your air conditioner will be able to heat or cool the house efficiently. The insulation around the ducts will be repaired as well.
It is wise to have adequate insulation in the attic for the most energy efficient use of your air conditioner. Your local air conditioning repair company can recommend the best insulation and perform the installation for you. This also helps to further insulate the ducting system.
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