Leaking air ducts do more to your home, business, or office than just leak air. Leaking air ducts can potentially cost hundreds of dollars, polluting your indoor air and reducing the lifespan of your AC unit dramatically. Feeling the adverse effects of leaking air ducts is easy, but trying to tell whether you have them can be tricky.
You can tell if your air ducts are leaking by understanding the symptoms. If you notice changes to your air quality, energy bills, and the state of your AC, you may have leaky air ducts causing issues. Once located, you need to quickly seal your air ducts so that additional damages don’t occur and you do not pay more for less. The longer you wait to make the necessary repairs, the more costs will accrue.
Ambient Edge can help diagnose and fix any issues you are having with your ducts. If you feel as though your ducts are leaking, damaged, or in need of cleaning, our certified and licensed technicians can help you. We are upfront on pricing, transparent in our work, and aim to please those who seek our assistance. Call us at (888) 628-5890 to schedule an appointment with our staff.
Signs Your Ducts Are Leaking
Leaking ducts have many signs. The most common include:
- Reduced AC efficiency (uneven cooling or heating in specific areas)
- High energy bills
- Reduced indoor air quality
Ducts that leak prevent the air that would otherwise cool or heat your home from reaching its destinations. Reduced AC efficiency means that your AC works twice as hard to maintain the temperature inside your home, business, or office. An AC that works twice as hard to keep the temperature stable will often suffer from breakdowns and mechanical issues. This reduces its lifespan and contributes to an early replacement, which can cost a lot of money. AC units are supposed to last 10 to 15 years. Replacing them before their lifespan is up can be extremely costly. When you notice your AC is working harder than it should be and there are frequent breakdowns, this is a telltale sign that you have leaking ducts.
Energy bills fluctuate depending on the season, but if you notice that your energy bills are unusually higher than average, then you may have a leaking duct issue. When ducts leak, they are forced to run longer than usual to cool or heat your home properly. This is to make up for all the cooled or heated air lost due to cracks or gaps. As your AC unit works harder to make up for this loss, it will consume more energy and subsequently drive up your energy bill. The U.S. Department of Energy states that hundreds of dollars each year are tacked onto energy bills due to leaky ducts. Paying more on your energy bill is a giveaway that it might be time to inspect your ducts.
Indoor air quality is essential. You want your indoor air to not be hazardous to your health. Has there been an increase in the dust around your home? Are you noticing more particulate matter in the air? Are you starting to have allergies or other symptoms at home that you never had before? Leaking air ducts allow moisture, pests, dust, and other pollutants to enter the air you use to cool or heat your home, office, or business. These contaminants get into the air through the cracks and gaps that leak. Dirty air vents and low indoor air quality are often indicators that there may be an issue with your ducts.
If you can physically inspect any visible ducts, check to see if there are any cracks or gaps present. If there are none, feel around for any air that may be escaping. Common places for gaps and leaks to occur are near the connecting joints between the ducts. You can use tape for an airtight seal. This method is only suitable for any ducts you can physically access. For all other scenarios, seek professional help to take care of the rest.
Take Action and Fix Your Ducts
If you suspect that your ducts are leaking, it is best to call a professional. Many people let their leaking air ducts go unattended because it seems like a non-issue. In the beginning, it might not be a huge problem, but as time goes on you will be paying more every month with maintenance, repairs, cleaning, and energy bills. Do not throw away money every year—save more by fixing your air ducts. Investing in air duct repair is an investment that will pay for itself over time.
Ambient Edge’s technicians are capable of locating leaks and sealing them from within in no time. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction. We have years of experience in this industry and can handle any problem you have, no matter how big or small. Do not overlook the importance of your air ducts—especially when we can help you. Contact us at (888) 628-5890 for more information.