5 Problems Associated By Malfunctioning Air Ducts

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5 Problems Associated By Malfunctioning Air Ducts

5 Problems Associated By Malfunctioning Air Ducts

3 November 2017
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Air conditioner (AC) air ducts are central to the operation of the AC. It's the air ducts that carry stale air out of the rooms and bring fresh conditioned air back. This means you have a real problem on your hands if your air ducts are running inefficiently. Here are the specific dangers associated with malfunctioning air ducts:

Increased Energy Bills

One of the worst things about leaking air ducts is reduced energy efficiency. The energy efficiency comes in because the leaks allow conditioned air to escape. This means outside (unconditioned air) will flow into the house to replace the lost conditioned air. The outside air has to be conditioned again, and this makes the AC work run longer than usual, leading to increased energy bills.

Poor Air Quality

Your air conditioner doesn't just cool your home; it also filters the air you breathe. This means if you are losing conditioned air, you are also losing clean air (that has passed through the filters). This allows outside air, which is dirty, to enter the house. Poor air quality can cause short-term health problems such as dizziness and headaches, as well as long-term health problems such as cardiovascular and respiratory ailments.

Uneven Heating

Another common problem with leaking air ducts is that they tend to create hot and cold spots in the house, which is a classic symptom of uneven heating. This happens because some of the rooms will be receiving conditioned air while others (whose ducts are leaking) will remain warm.

Moisture Problems

Leaking air ducts can also create moisture problems in your house. This happens when the return air ducts (if they are leaking) suck in moist air and deposits the moisture in different parts of the house. Note that increased humidity increases the risk of mold growth.

Frequent AC Malfunctions

Lastly, you are also in for a flurry of AC breakdowns if your air ducts are leaking. This is because you will be losing conditioned air and forcing your AC to run continuously in a bid to clean and condition dirty air from the outside. Such an overworked AC is more likely to break down than one that is running within its optimal parameters.

Professionally installed and maintained air ducts are not likely to experience frequent failures. However, with old age, even the best-maintained air ducts are likely to experience a few problems. Contact a maintenance for HVAC service for more information and assistance. 

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I used to routinely get calls from HVAC contractors in my area offering annual maintenance contracts. As soon they would identify themselves, I would quickly say no thank you and hang up. After all, my heating and cooling system was working fine. Why would I spend money on services I clearly didn't need? Boy was I wrong! A few years ago, my AC unit suddenly stopped working. I called my HVAC contractor to have it repaired and assumed that my warranty would pick up the bill. That was until I learned my warranty was voided due to a lack of maintenance. Out of nowhere, my decision to ignore those maintenance calls was about to cost me more than a $1,000. I know there are others out there like me. It is my hope that this site will provide them with the knowledge they need to avoid the mistakes I made.