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How Damaged Air Ducts Impact Your AC’s Performance

If you have a forced-air air conditioning system in your home like central AC or a heat pump, then you have a series of ductwork that runs through your home’s ceilings or under the floors. This ductwork is one of the most overlooked components of air conditioning systems. At Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating, we offer duct repair services for all different types of air conditioning systems in Bethesda and the surrounding areas. We thought it would be helpful to explain just how much damaged ducts can affect your AC’s performance.

When you stop and think about it, all of the air that travels into your home from your air conditioner has to pass through the ducts. If there are any issues with the ducts, it can severely impact your AC’s operation and your home’s comfort.

  • Leaks – If your ducts have leaks in them, then it means that a lot of the air that travels through the ducts is leaking into the unconditioned spaces in your home. Not only is this incredibly wasteful, but it makes your air conditioner have to work harder to make up that lost air which reduces efficiency. It can also cause your home not to get as cool because so much of the air is leaking out.
  • Clogs – Over time, there are a number of different things that can build up in your ducts, including dust, bacteria and construction debris. If your ducts don’t get cleaned out, then these types of things can cause big problems for your air conditioner as it has to work harder to push the air past these obstacles.
  • Pinches – Another issue that we often see is pinches or unnecessary turns. If your ducts are pinched or collapsed, it will restrict the flow of air into your home. This could decrease efficiency and also decrease the comfort in your home.

If you’re hearing strange noises coming from your ducts or if you start to notice that your air conditioning system isn’t cooling as well as it should, you could have a problem with your ductwork. Call the air conditioning repair professionals at Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating today for service in Bethesda and the surrounding areas.