Everything needs maintenance to work efficiently. Be it your blooming garden, exquisitely made furniture, or heating and cooling system; you cannot neglect the importance of regular maintenance. Speaking of heating and cooling system maintenance, do you know how you can inspect and maintain the air ducts by yourself? Well, if you don’t, here is a complete guide to inspecting the air ducts.
How To Inspect Your Heating And Cooling System Air Ducts
Now, inspecting your air ducts requires a few basic tools. Therefore, before we move on to the process, here is what you need:
Tools Needed For Inspecting the Air Ducts
- Some rags
- Digital camera (you can also use a smartphone with a flashlight)
- Rubber gloves
- Rough clothes which you don't use anymore
- HVAC aluminium foil tape (to seal duct leaks, if any)
Step 1: Check The Air Registers And Vents
Alright, first things first; when you start your air ducts' inspection, the first thing you need to do is to check the air registers and vents around your house. That is because it will help you to see if there is any kind of debris or dust coming out. If there is any dust or debris, then it is a sign of a dirty air duct. In fact, it may also be an indication of a blockage further down the system.
Step 2: Inspect The Air Registers Thoroughly
After you have inspected the vents from outside, it is time to inspect the air registers thoroughly. You need a screwdriver to unscrew the vent grills. Once you do that, take a good look inside. Then, take a few photos from inside with the help of your mobile or digital camera; make sure you get clear images.
Ok, now you need to make sure that there aren’t any dead insects or rodent droppings. If there are any, we, Heating Experts, recommend you contact an exterminator immediately.
Step 3: Clean the Ductwork
Now that you have completed your inspection, it is time to clean the duct and seal the leaks (if any). If there is any leakage, we recommend you use aluminium foil tape, or any other high-quality heat-approved tape. These tapes are very effective for flat surfaces. However, before applying the foil tape, clean the surface with a rag. You can use mastic sealant where it is difficult to use foil tape.
On the other hand, if your ductwork has a heavy buildup of dirt, it is better to get professional services like Heating Experts. Cleaning a ductwork full of dirt can be difficult for you, and you may end up damaging the ducts. However, if you hire a professional service, like Heating Experts, you won’t have to worry about ductwork cleaning for at least 2-3 years. Besides, a professional service will thoroughly examine the ductwork for any other issues.
So, if you are looking to hire a professional service for cleaning or repairing your ductwork, Heating Experts will be happy to serve you. Just give us a call on 1300 100 040 or visit our website https://heatingexperts.com.au/ for further queries.