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Are Your Ducts Broken Up?

Air ducts are vital for our home comfort, but they can fall apart over time. The problem with broken ducts isn’t just the fact that they can cause problems when they deteriorate, but it’s the fact that they’re so hard to notice when they’re in disrepair. Let us explain.

Air ducts sit behind your walls, ceilings, floors, and even in your crawlspaces at home. They do this because they’re not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing HVAC components (and they can get damaged or infiltrated by pests if they’re out in the open). This means that when something goes wrong that requires HVAC duct repair in Melbourne, FL, it can be almost impossible to detect it.

Here’s where things get interesting–your air ducts absolutely need to be repaired when something goes wrong. Even a slight tear or break can cause huge losses for your energy bill which means you’re paying out of pocket.

First, we’ll talk about methods of detecting an air duct issue. Then, we’ll help you address it.

Detecting Duct Issues

Here are a few standard ways to detect an air duct issue, even if they’re sitting behind the scenes.

  • Check your vents. One of the most classic signs of an air duct system in disrepair is malfunctioning air vents. If you notice one of your vents working but another one isn’t, this can mean that your air ducts are breached somewhere in between those areas.
  • Look for visible problems with your air ducts. If your air ducts are revealed in certain areas of your home (like in crawlspaces or above your ceiling lights) then you can check for physical issues.
  • Investigate your energy efficiency. Check your energy bills for any spikes. This could be a sign that most of the air conditioning or heat created by your HVAC system is leaking from holes in your ducts.
  • Dust and air contaminants. Is your breathable air particularly dirty? This could be a sign that contaminants are leaking into your air ducts, which means that they need to be repaired.

Fixing Your Broken Ducts

Unfortunately, this is where things get a little more complicated. We highly discourage homeowners from trying to use DIY methods of duct repair for many reasons. Even though duct tape has an appropriate name, it’s not designed for air ducts and it will still allow for leaks and additional problems.

Trying to perform DIY air duct repair is a bad idea because homeowners can do more harm than good. Air ducts are delicate and require precise air control and pressure to operate successfully. If you’re just trying to patch holes or leaks with duct tape and elbow grease, you might accidentally bump the system and cause a hole to open up somewhere else. After a lot of time and wasted money, the problem might not be fixed.

Instead, call our team for fast and reliable air duct repairs. We do routine work that fixes ducts without additional issues.

Schedule duct repairs with the experts at Complete Air & Heat, Inc. Making families happy on the Space Coast since 1975.

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