You cannot see most of the ventilation system that transports conditioned air from your heater and air conditioner and which circulates indoor air throughout your home. It remains hidden behind walls and ceilings, unobtrusively doing its job.
A drawback to the semi-invisible nature of ductwork is that you often won’t know immediately when the ducts are damaged and need to have professional repair work done on them. Leaking and loose ducts will cause a drastic reduction in air pressure and lead to dust and dirt infiltrating the ventilation system, so you must have repairs done as soon as you are aware that you need them. Here are a few signs to watch for that will tell you it’s time to call for duct repair in Lakeland, FL from the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts.
Low airflow from the vents
This is one of the earliest warning signs that something has gone wrong inside the ductwork. Because ducts are designed to maintain an airtight seal along their length to prevent loss of air pressure, any small break along the way will cause the pressure to drop. This will result in a lowering of airflow from the vents. If you start to sense uneven temperatures when the HVAC system is working, place your hand over the nearest vent to check on the amount of airflow. If it seems weak, you may have ductwork damage in need of repair.
Decrease in air quality
Damaged ducts will permit outside contamination into the ventilation system, often from closed-off places in the house that contain higher quantities of dust, dirt, and even mold. This will cause your indoor air quality to drop, leading to a series of health issues for the people inside your house: respiratory conditions, skin- and eye-irritation, asthma and allergy attacks, insomnia, and others. If you notice a spike in allergy-like symptoms inside your home, damaged ducts may be the cause.
Burning or musty smells
If you detect an unusual odor coming from the vents, then the reason might be infiltration of dust through broken ductwork. A burning odor often means that the contamination has entered the heater or AC cabinet and is on the motors. Musty smells come from the stuffy and dusty regions of the house between the walls where the ductwork runs. Either smell from the vents should send you to the phone to contact our technicians to investigate.
Duct repair is work for specialists: you can’t easily access ductwork on your own, and you don’t have the necessary tools to fix breaks.
The ductwork professionals at Air Conditioning Experts can help you out, and they are only a phone call away, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when you have emergency needs.