When it comes to all of the components of an HVAC system, air ducts typically take a backseat to other components. While this is unfortunate, it is understandable. Ductwork is, for the most part, hidden. Sure, there are parts that may be exposed in an attic; for the most part, however, they can be found behind walls or in not-so-easy-to-reach crawl spaces. This results in an inability to easily diagnose a problem with your air ducts (or to know if there is a problem at all). If you are experiencing one of the following problems this summer, you may be able to trace said problem back to your air ducts.
Climbing Utility Bills
If you notice that your utility bills are climbing but you haven’t adjusted your thermostat or changed your living habits, it could be due to dented or punctured ductwork. A leak as tiny as a pinhole can result in a 30% loss of cooled air in your home. This is not only unpleasant during the summer months, it’s expensive.
A Hot Spot
Have you ever walked through your house and felt incredibly warm all of the sudden? That’s a hot spot and it could be caused by a blockage or a leak in your ductwork. While hot spots can also occur due to a poorly sized air conditioner, it is a good idea to get a technician out to your house to take a look.
Ductwork can sometimes leak already conditioned air; this means that your home is not going to receive all of the cooled air that your unit has processed. Not only does this make you more uncomfortable, it will also wear your air conditioning unit down much faster and may even cause a full breakdown of your air conditioning system (something that no one wants to deal with when outdoor temperatures are high).
There are many reasons why your home may have an unpleasant odor. One of those reasons is a buildup of dirt, dust, mold, or mildew in your ductwork. Humidity is higher in the summer months and that can result in a buildup of bacteria in your ductwork that will need to be cleaned out.
If you have noticed any of these problems this summer, your ductwork may be to blame. Contact the experts at Cascade or Call (509) 642-6383. to have a Cascade Mechanical technician come out and inspect your air ducts today!