Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Duct Repair’

Signs of Trouble with Your Ductwork

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

corrugated-duct-interiorWe don’t have nearly as much use for our heating systems as we do for our air conditioners here in Florida, but both are necessary if you hope to make it through the entire year comfortably. If you use a central air conditioner in your home—and if you’re not, you should definitely consider ditching window units and opting for a whole-house cooling system—then you are depending upon a system of air ducts in order to distribute cooled air throughout your house.

If you use a furnace, too, then you are also using that system when you heat your home, however infrequent that may be. What we’re getting at here is that your air ducts play a vital role in your overall comfort and the overall performance quality of your HVAC system(s). That means that any problems at all with your ductwork in Palm Bay, FL really need to be resolved as soon as possible. Of course, your air ducts are also almost entirely hidden from view. So how are you to recognize problems to begin with?

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Why Get Your Ducts Professionally Repaired?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Why should you have the ducts in your Melbourne, Florida home repaired by a professional? When you call a company like Next Generation Air & Heat Inc., our technicians have years of experience working with all types of duct issues. But we thought it would be helpful for our customers in the Melbourne, Florida area if we put together a list of some of the potential benefits to working with a professional duct repair contractor.

Reduced Risk of Additional Problems

When you have a professional working on your ducts, you can potentially avoid additional repair costs from possible mistakes. Duct repair isn’t easy. Trained professional know how to avoid damaging other parts of your home while they’re working on the ducts.

Install it Right the First Time

With their training and experience, your contractor will be able to do the job right the first time. Often when we get calls for duct repairs, it’s because someone repaired the ducts incorrectly. This can cause problems in the future that are unnecessary.

Find Other Problems

During duct repair, a professional with experience will be able to spot other issues in your ducts that would otherwise be missed. We find that many expensive repairs for heating systems and ducts could have been solved with regular maintenance and the experience of a professional contractor.

Increased Efficiency

One final benefit to professional duct repair is that it can potentially increase the efficiency of your home’s heating system. The ducting in your home is responsible for carrying the heated air to each of your rooms. With proper repair by a professional, they will most likely do that job much better.

If you’re interested in having the ducts in your home in Melbourne, Florida, contact the experts at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.. We would love to talk with you about how we can help your home be more comfortable and efficient. Call us today!

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Duct Cleaning Guide: How Duct Cleaning and Repair Improves Efficiency

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Unfortunately, your forced air system ductwork is a common culprit for inefficiency and energy loss. If you’ve noticed your heating and cooling bills rising without any change in your heating and cooling habits, have a Melbourne FL air conditioning professional inspect your duct system. Duct cleaning or repair may be necessary, and can help you keep your home comfortable with greater efficiency. Next Generation Air and Heat has some information to share with you about the benefits of duct cleaning and repair.

Duct Cleaning

As air circulates throughout your home dust and pollutants may be carried into your ductwork. If these contaminants are allowed to accumulate it can wind up reducing air flow, causing resistance that forces your home heating and cooling system to work harder while providing less comfort to your home. By having your ductwork professionally cleaned you can restore proper air flow, potentially improving efficiency and saving money when heating and cooling your home. Just because your ducts are hidden out of sight in your home does not mean that they do not deserve the same level of maintenance and care that is provided to the rest of your system. If you’ve noticed increased costs associated with heating and cooling your home or decreased performance from your comfort system, call a Melbourne FL duct cleaning professional.

Duct Repair

Another issue that may affect the efficiency with which heated and cooled air is dispersed throughout your house is duct damage. Whatever the cause – be it improper design, installation, age or wear and tear – any poor connections or corroded ductwork in your system must be repaired in order to get the best performance possible with the greatest amount of efficiency from your home heating and cooling system. If your comfort system seems to be running more often to maintain the same temperature levels as usual it is very possible that there is a problem with your ductwork requiring repairs. Air leaks are a great way to waste money on energy costs, so any damage to your ducts should be assessed and professionally repaired as soon as the problem presents itself. Air loss is a leading cause of efficiency, and depending on the cause of the air loss and the size of the leaks, holes or tears in your ductwork you can waste large quantities of energy. Keeping your air inside your ducts for dispersal throughout your home means that your energy and the money it costs you are being put to good use.

If you have any further questions about how duct cleaning and repair can improve energy in your Melbourne FL home, call Next Generation Heating and Air today. Our expertly trained staff will be happy to provide you with the answers and information you need.

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Air Conditioning Tip: Why it Is Important to Examine Your Ducts Before Installation

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

For most Orlando homeowners the day a new air conditioner gets installed is a great one. It means you can look forward to plenty of days of cool comfort, sheltered from the blistering summer heat that would otherwise make you feel sticky and sluggish.

Before that installation can take place, however, there are many smaller tasks that must be performed. You have to do some research, shop around, consult with a contractor and finally decide on the best system for your home. Finally, you should have your ducts examined.

Your ducts are the pathway by which cooled air will be distributed through your home. Without regular maintenance, ducts are less efficient in transferring air and can cost you money, not only in electricity but in air quality control. Like any major component of your HVAC system, they need to be properly maintained to work properly.

So, you want your ducts to be in tip top shape for your new AC system. Having a professional inspect them thoroughly prior to installation will identify any damage, dirt, debris, leaks, corrosion or other trouble spots that could impede your air conditioning.

This gives you the opportunity to get any of those problems fixed before the new system is installed. Plus, a professional inspection is an important part of routine duct maintenance anyway. Having it done at this juncture is easier and ensures you know will have a smooth running air conditioner for some time to come.

Having duct work in good repair is vital to the operation of your HVAC system, including the new Orlando AC system you want to install. If you are contemplating having a new air conditioning system installed or even if you are not, now is the time to call Next Generation Air & Heat for full inspection of your ductwork. Especially if you have a forced air heating system and those ducts are used year round, you want to know for a fact that they will work properly in the future, no matter what is hooked up to them.

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HVAC Repair Tip: How to Tell if Your Air Ducts Are Leaking

Monday, January 9th, 2012

There are lots of ways for your Maitland home to lose energy – through leaky door frames, cracks in window trim, loose or missing insulation, etc. A lot of your indoor heating and cooling winds up outdoors and drives up your utility bills.

One part of your home that is susceptible to leaks and energy loss is your ventilation system, typically metal or flexible ductwork. Older homes generally experience more duct leakage because seals and joints may have loosened over the years or may have not been properly connected when they were installed. There are some ways to check and see – or hear – if the air ducts in your home are leaking.

The most obvious way to check is by listening. Stand, sit, or kneel close to your ductwork. Listen for any hissing noises when the furnace, air conditioner, or blower motor is in operation. A hissing noise is usually an indication of a leak in a seal or joint. Since ductwork comes in a variety of lengths and contains a number of different connectors, there are likely many joints where pieces have been connected. Some joints are sealed with small sheet metal screws while other joints are sealed with duct tape or mastic. Whatever the connection is, the joints may have come loose over time from vibrations, settling of the home’s foundation, previous repairs, or by someone simply bumping into the ductwork.

Another way to check for a leaking air duct is by looking at insulation which may be wrapped around the ductwork. If an air duct is leaking it will leave dark stains on the insulation over time – giving an exact location of the leak.

Leaks in your air ducts can cause areas like your crawlspace, attic, or garage to be abnormally cold or hot. If you are conditioning unused parts of your home inadvertently, it may be because your ductwork is leaking in those areas.

Finally, a not so easy way to check for leaking ducts is to compare utility bills. If there is a big spike in your heating or cooling costs, it may be because of temperature extremes – but it also may be because your ductwork is leaking. You may not be able to see a big difference in your bills unless there are large leaks or breaks in your ductwork, but keep an eye on your energy costs anyway.

Once you have located any leaks, there are some easy fixes. But you also may want to call your local Maitland heating and cooling contractor to check for leaks.

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