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Duct Testing in Plano, TX

In order for your ventilation system—and your entire HVAC system—to function effectively and efficiently without wasting energy, your ductwork must have an airtight seal along its length, and no holes or gaps. If damage occurs in your ductwork, then it will cause your heating and cooling costs to rise, hot or cold spots in your home, poor indoor air quality, and even damage to the internal components of your HVAC system since it will have to work harder to do its job.

You cannot know for sure if your HVAC system needs sealing or repairs without professional duct testing from the technicians at Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning in Plano, TX. Be sure to call us today to have this testing done. Our office staff is available 24/7 to schedule duct testing or answer any questions you may have about the process. When we test your ductwork, we’ll be able to alert you to any sealing, repair, or replacement needs you require.

Signs That Your Ducts Are in Trouble

Professional duct testing is the only way to determine if you have any breaches or damages along your ductwork, however there are definitely indicators that signal you are facing an issue. Keep reading to learn more about the signs to watch out for.

  • High heating and cooling bills: Up to 30% of your conditioned air can be lost if you have leaky ducts. This means you are forcing your air conditioner or heater to run longer and harder to achieve your desired indoor comfort, but you’ll actually be paying for unused air.
  • Musty smells from the vents: Leaky ductwork draws in air form places like your attic, between walls, and crawlspaces. Because these are typically dark and cool spaces prone to moisture, you’ll likely notice a musty smell coming from your vents.
  • Drop in airflow: Check to see if the airflow from any of your vents seems like its obstructed. If it seems to have less pressure in one or more vents than it used to, then it could definitely be a signed of compromised ducts.

Should I Have My Ducts Professionally Tested?

Duct testing is a complex process, requiring specialized equipment, along with the training and knowledge to use the equipment and analyze its data. During duct testing, your HVAC professional will first seal off the ventilation system by closing off all the room vents and registers. Then, they’ll attach a special vacuum onto the ventilation system, which they’ll use to test the air pressure coming through the ductwork. Professional repair and sealing is required in order to restore the air tightness that your HVAC system needs.

Arrange for Regular Duct Testing Services

You may not immediately notice anything is amiss with your ductwork, and duct testing is not something you need to schedule as often as standard HVAC maintenance. However, duct testing is a service you should schedule at least every few years. And if you’ve never had it done for your home before, it’s a good idea to have it scheduled soon. You may be surprised to find that you had ductwork damage and didn’t even know it. Having your ducts professionally sealed will prevent you from wasting precious energy and unnecessary money. Call Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning in Plano, TX today to schedule ductwork testing.