Solutions To Common Duct-Related HVAC Issues
Here are the solutions to some of the most common HVAC issues homeowners may face.
Get A Duct Inspection
If your air ducts haven’t gotten their annual cleaning, they may be clog up with dust, allergens, animal fecal matter, and other pathogens that are being blown throughout your home. Schedule a duct cleaning to have a professional HVAC technician.
Repair Duct Leaks
According to the National Comfort Institute, HVAC equipment is 57% efficient and a majority of the inefficiency issues homeowners face stem from air flow HVAC issues.
Check Duct Sizing
Improperly fitted ducts cause a lot of HVAC issues. If your home’s contractor underestimated your load capacity, the installer might have used undersized ducts. Your system may try to work harder and longer to compensate, which can cause your utility bills to skyrocket.
Check Ductwork Design
Speaking of improperly sized ductwork, if your ducts are too long or there’s too much space between your equipment and the area you need cooling sent to, your comfort will suffer. If your ducts have too many sharp bends, you’ll probably feel the effects of reduced airflow. You can use elbows to ease the sharpness of turns.
Check for flexible duct damage
Flexible ducts, which are often made out of plastic, can easily be crushed, twisted, or torn. Check the ducts for kinks and tears. Support can help prevent twisting and alignment problems.
Add More Supply/Return Vents
Often, not having enough supply and return vents can cause HVAC issues. You need to have enough supply vents to allow for adequate airflow and plenty of return vents to draw the air back into your HVAC system for cooling. Not enough of either can lead to unbalanced pressure in ducts, which can decrease efficiency and comfort.
Many HVAC issues caused by duct problems are beyond the knowledge and ability of the average homeowner and require professional help. Schedule an appointment with an expert HVAC technician to get your HVAC unit working efficiently and effectively.