If you have noticed diminished indoor air quality or higher-than-usual energy costs, these problems may indicate a ductwork issue. Our technicians at Bryant's Heating & Cooling can help you determine if your air quality concerns or increasing utility costs are a result of leaks in your ducts.
About an HVAC Duct Leak Test
At some point, your HVAC ducts will likely experience some degree of air leakage. This is because their metal components expand and contract from the warm or cool air forced through them every time your HVAC system turns on.
Eventually, this fluctuation causes wear and tear leading to gaps and leaks that allow air to escape and pollutants to enter.
Besides air quality issues and rising energy costs, other signs that you may need a duck leak test include the following:
- Inconsistent airflow
- Increased dust in living spaces
- Unusual noises
- HVAC system failing to maintain a comfortable temperature
Before starting an HVAC duct leak test, our technicians will have a conversation with you about your system, any issues you have noticed, and your home’s overall comfort. Understanding your concerns and any specific problem areas you have identified will help guide the testing process.
Our technicians will then inspect your entire HVAC system, including the furnace and air handler, the outdoor condenser unit for air conditioners or heat pumps, and all connected ductwork.
This visual inspection helps the technician identify potential problems such as loose connections between your HVAC equipment and ducts. After this step, they will seal all supply and return registers and grilles throughout the home.
Next, our technicians will pressurize your duct system with a specialized fan. At this point, they may use a smoke generator to introduce non-toxic, harmless smoke into the ductwork.
The smoke will escape from any leaks, making them visible. As our technicians identify leaks, they will take notes on the severity of each. After completing the test, they will discuss repair options with you.
Common repair methods include using mastic sealant or metal tape to seal the leaks. Alternatively, they may recommend duct replacement for severely damaged or deteriorated ductwork.
Dekalb County Duct Leak Test
At Bryant's Heating & Cooling, we have been serving the residents of Dekalb County since 1981. We’ve developed a great reputation within our community, and we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a high rating on Google.