Common ductwork obstructions can plague your San Diego HVAC system, resulting in unhealthy and expensive problems. Knowing where these obstructions are can help ensure your HVAC system is running safely at maximum energy efficiency.
Common Ductwork Obstructions
Air filter – If not regularly replaced, the air filter will become clogged with dirt and grime, which will then block airflow.
Blower fan – When dirt and grime builds up on the fan blades, it interferes with the blower fan’s ability to move the air.
Leaky supply air duct system – Leaky duct connections leads to poor heating and cooling airflow.
Flex duct defects – When the flex duct becomes damaged, it can block or stop the airflow in the supply or return air systems.
Return air inlets – Dirty or blocked grilles on return air inlets—caused by debris, dust or furniture—prevents the HVAC unit from getting the air it needs to properly heat and cool your home.
Benefits of a Properly Functioning Ductwork
When your ductwork’s free of damage and obstructions, it allows the heated or cooled air to pass freely to rooms without allowing the air to become compromised by microscopic contaminants such as dust, dander and fungal spores.
These tiny particles reduce your indoor air quality and lead to an increase in allergy and asthma symptoms.
Common ductwork obstructions also put unnecessary strain on your heating and cooling system. This causes the unit to work harder to produce the same results, which reduces the system’s life span and increases the probability that you’ll be left with an expensive repair bill.
Furthermore, common ductwork obstructions prevent the HVAC unit from functioning properly, which causes the system to use more energy. The more energy consumption used, the more you pay for your monthly heating and cooling costs.
For more information about common ductwork obstructions, contact the experts at Atlas HVAC San Diego.