Phoenix Arizona offers a great place to live year-round, as most long-term residents would agree, but the hot, dry summer months of the Arizona desert can pose a challenge to those who like to stay cool. With temperatures rising as high as 118 during the summer months, a well-functioning, long-lasting air conditioning system is a must. Even better, even air flow throughout your air duct system is just as important.
When it comes to your air conditioner, it is always in your best interest to keep maintenance in mind, to keep this system running like new. The problem that most of us have is that we do not think about maintaining air until it is too late. We flip on our air conditioners, assuming that everything will work fine every time.
Air Duct Installation
There a few things you can do to maintain your cooling systems but in many cases you need an expert technician to do the work for you. For example, the problem does not always exist in the air conditioner itself, there are other parts involved, such as air ducts, water pumps, etc.
Not only can an expert technician help you with keeping your air conditioner in good repair, but they can also give you some pointers on how to maintain it properly yourself. Some of the most common problems that restrict air flow in the air ducts include (but aren’t limited to) leaky duct connections, leaks in the furnace and filter slots, kinks in the air ducts and air supply leaks.
Some of the above problems are easy to identify. For instance, if you see a leak in the water system or notice damage to the walls or floors due to water leakage, then you have a problem. On the other hand, other problems may occur in the air duct system that isn’t very noticeable. For example, your air duct system might be losing air. The latter problems are not so easy to detect, and it may be time to call an expert to have a new system installed.
Questions for the HVAC Professional
When the technician arrives at your home, here are three key questions to ask him or her:
- What size air ducts do I need?
- How will you seal the ducts to prevent air loss?
- What ways can the airflow be tested?
Your technician can calculate the exact size of air ducts needed for your home. They use an equation to determine the best size for your specific house. The equation determines how much air flows through the ducts at a certain speed.
To keep your system from leaking valuable cool air, a professional HVAC tech will recommend an air-tight sealing system to keep your air conditioner running efficiently. Some companies swear by certain methods of sealing ducts, which is why it is important to ask your professional how they plan to do so.
If your existing system is losing air, there may be defects in the HVAC ductwork. Phoenix air conditioning technicians can identify and repair any defects or gaps to ensure 100 percent effectiveness in your system. However, it may be suggested that a new system is needed entirely if the problem is bad enough.
In order to test the airflow of your system, the AC technician will block the register openings with foam pads. They will then pressurize your system with a calibrated fan to determine where the leaks are, if any. From there, you technician can further improve your air duct system.
For more information, or if you feel there’s an air leak within your duct system, please call the pro’s at Morehart Air and Heating. We’re always more than happy to help our customers create smooth, cool air flow throughout your home in the summer months. Contact our team today 623-566-0005 or go to our contact page.