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5 Signs That an AC Duct Needs Cleaning

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Most homeowners pay little attention to their HVAC systems and their ductwork until something breaks. This oversight can potentially have a major impact on a home’s air conditioning unit. Preventative maintenance like ac duct cleaning helps keep an HVAC system running efficiently. A properly working AC unit will preserve the indoor air quality and keep a home cool during the summer months. Here are the common signs that an AC duct needs to be cleaned.

Energy Bills Raised

A home’s energy bill will typically raise when there is increased use of the air conditioning system. If the energy bill unexpectedly spikes with normal AC use, then there may be an issue with the AC system. A clog or leak in the AC ducts reduces the HVAC systems efficiency which is a sign that an AC service is needed. AC duct cleaning helps unclog any areas of the system that are attributing to the AC unit’s inefficiency. Having the AC ducts serviced helps keep the AC unit energy-efficient.

Dust and Debris

AC vents are subject to capturing debris and dust on a semi-regular basis. A noticeable collection of dust and debris near AC vents indicates that the AC system has developed a blockage. High levels of dirt and debris circulating through the HVAC system can cause respiratory and allergy problems for homeowners. That is why it’s critical to have routine AC duct cleaning.

AC Duct Leaks

An AC duct system that has holes or gaps can make the HVAC system work harder. Also, the cool air won’t feel as strong when there is a leak present in the duct system. An AC leak will introduce dirty air into the system causing negative air pressure. Signs of a leaky air duct include:

  • High energy bill
  • Rooms are difficult to heat or cool
  • Rooms seem stuffy and uncomfortable
  • Ductwork runs through crawl spaces, garages, and attics
  • AC ducts are tangled, loose, or damaged.

Unexplained Respiratory Issues

When an ac service hasn’t been performed in a long time, it can cause respiratory issues. If there are unexplained respiratory issues like asthma, allergies, and sinus attacks, then there may be an issue with the AC duct. Excessive dirt and debris circulating in the ducts negatively impact the indoor air quality of the home. If family members are sneezing and wheezing increasingly, then it’s time to have an ac duct cleaning.

Inconsistent Room Temperatures

Hot and cold spots in a home can be an indicator that there is an issue in the AC Duct system. What potentially causes issues with ductwork is improperly sized ducts and grilles. Ductwork that is inconsistent will restrict airflow and cause some rooms to have hot or cold spots. Loud airflow and strange noises are signs that the ductwork may have blocked vents or sagging flex tubes. If any of these signs are apparent in the home, then it’s time to schedule an ac service.

Researching AC companies can be difficult as they may not have the experience or the know-how to work on all different types of AC systems. Some AC repair companies may also charge an exorbitant amount to have ductwork performed. At Neighbors A/C, we offer honest cooling solutions and are upfront on the cost of repair and replacement. With over 20 years of experience in HVAC repair and replacement, we have the knowledge and experience to tackle any AC issue. Contact Neighbors A/C today for an A/C quote, or schedule an appointment today at 757-222-6347.  


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