The ducts that channel air from your heater (as well as your air conditioner) are designed to work as perfect seals from where they leave the blower unit to the point they exit the vents into the rooms of your house. This seal prevents the loss of air pressure, so if breaks form along their length, it can end up adversely affecting the heating in your home.
Duct breaks can occur for a number of reasons: corrosion is the most common, although the ductwork getting dislodged because of other construction projects happens frequently as well. Regardless of what causes the break, they need to be repaired as soon as you detect something is wrong. This isn’t always easy, since ducts remain mostly hidden from your sight. If you start to encounter troubles with your heating (as we’ll go over below) or detect odd smells from the vents, you should contact duct repair specialists immediately.
AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning performs duct sealing and other heating repairs in The Highlands, KY, so contact us if you encounter any of these issues from duct leaks.
Some heating problems caused by leaky ducts
- Low airflow: Because of a drop in air pressure along the ducts due to leaks, the airflow from the vents will feel much weaker. This will consequently cause a plunge in heating power.
- Uneven heating: One of the first signs of duct leaks is that some rooms in your home will feel abnormally cooler than others. These are usually the rooms nearest the break in the duct works.
- Dust infestation: If your ducts have leaks, they will start to draw air from parts of the house that often contain large amounts of dust and dirt, such as crawlspaces and the attic. This dust will not only have an adverse effect on your indoor air quality, it will cause increased resistance to the airflow that will make your heater work harder to reach its target temperature. Which ties into the next issue…
- The heater will overwork: As the duct leaks siphon away the heater’s effectiveness, the heater will overwork to compensate. This will shorten its lifespan because of unecessary wear and tear and the need for frequent repairs.
Make sure to protect your heating from these duct leaks issues with prompt repairs. Don’t try to seal the ducts yourself with duct tape (it won’t work); instead, call in the duct specialists at AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. We work with all kinds of ductwork issues and any other heating repair in The Highlands, KY you may need.