Your Ducts May be Dirty or Leaking Air

dirty ducting


When's the last time you had your ducts in your house cleaned? The EPA has some good guidelines about making the determination of when to do this. Ultimately this goes back to the same problem with the clogged filters. The system can ice up and even if it doesn't completely ice up it has to work a lot harder to cool your home which lowers its efficiency. Here are some things to look for:

  • Can you detect any gaps, cracks, or leaks in the duct work?
  • Does it feel like any air is escaping from any points other than your vents?
  • Can you visually inspect any of the seams where 2 pieces of ducting join together? Are they coming apart or seated tightly?
  • Does one area of your home have significantly lower air flow than other areas of your home?

Ultimately getting your ducts inspected and cleaned can be cheaper than replacing your air conditioner and if you end up installing a new air conditioner in a house with dirty or leaky ducts you'll eventually be right back where you started. Most all contractors will recommend cleaning your ducts when you get a new AC anyways so doing this step first can't hurt.


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