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Air Ducts Suffering? Common Obstructions That May Be Affecting Your Ductwork

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by

Air Ducts Suffering? Common Obstructions That May Be Affecting Your DuctworkHVAC systems require unobstructed air ducts to operate properly and efficiently. When the air circulation is blocked or restricted, or when leaks or other problems prevent efficient air travel through the ductwork, your indoor comfort will suffer, your HVAC system will work harder, and you’ll pay more to heat or cool your home. By watching for and correcting common obstructions in your ductwork, you’ll be able to keep your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump working at their best.

Any one or more of the following common blockages can seriously affect ductwork efficiency and your home comfort level:

  • Dirty air filters: Dirty air filters are a major source of blocked air flow and, as a result, of HVAC system breakdowns and malfunctions.
  • Closed or partially closed dampers: Fire dampers or zoning system dampers, if not left open, can keep air from leaving air ducts and getting into your home.
  • Blocked supply vents and return grilles: Vents and grilles that are blocked by furniture, boxes, clothing or other items will not release conditioned air or let expended air into the return ducts.
  • Duct damage: Collapsed or dented sections of ductwork can stop airflow. Flexible ductwork can be particularly susceptible to crushing or creasing damage that prevents air from flowing.
  • Air leaks: Loose air ducts, broken seals at duct connections, or damaged or missing ductwork can cause air to be lost as it flows through the air ducts. Conditioned air lost in this manner will not make it to your home’s interior to provide cooling or heating.
  • Loose insulation: Loose insulation or other material inside the air ducts can impede airflow.
  • Dirty blower fans: Dirty blower fan blades or other problems with the air handler fans can reduce the amount of air these components move through the ducts.

Customers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and the surrounding Texas communities know they can count on AirRite Air Conditioning Company, Inc. for expert HVAC services in all seasons. Contact us today for more information on the importance of your ductwork and how you can maintain it in top condition to produce the best possible performance from your heating and cooling systems.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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