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How to Inspect, Clean, and Seal Air Ducts

To ensure that your air ducts are free from damage, contaminants, or leaks, it’s important for Melbourne, Florida residents to inspect them at least once a year. By doing so, you can catch small problems that have the potential to become even larger if not addressed quickly and efficiently. We recommend getting your ducts inspected, cleaned, and sealed by a professional but there are basic steps you can take on your own.

1. How to Inspect Your Air Ducts

To inspect your air ducts for leaks, a few materials are needed:

  •         Screwdriver
  •         Flashlight
  •         Rags

Don’t forget to also dress for the job. Rubber gloves and old clothing are good items to have on hand when inspecting your air ducts. In the event you find a leak during your inspection, it’s also good to have HVAC aluminum foil tape or mastic sealant to patch it up.

To get started with your inspection, you’ll want to turn on your HVAC system and feel around for any air leaks and determine if there’s any air movement around your duct connections. Along with testing for potential air leaks, inspect your insulation for damage or wet spots. Wet spots could mean there is a mold or moisture problem. Sometimes, it can be tricky to tell if there are leaks or damage to your ductwork. Contact your home comfort professionals at Comfort Experts to inspect and fix your ductwork.

2. How to Clean Your Air Ducts

Clogged air ducts can cause a strain on your HVAC system, forcing it to work harder and in turn, contributing to higher-than-usual energy bills. Cleaning your air ducts isn’t recommended as a do-it-yourself project. It’s a long process that requires special tools and a high-powered vacuum to effectively clean your ductwork. Not only that, but hiring a professional for the job can save you both time and money.

If you open your vents and notice a buildup of dust, dirt, or other contaminants, or you don’t recall getting a duct cleaning within the last five years, a professional duct cleaning may be in order.

3. How to Seal Your Air Ducts

When you discover an air leak, repairing it can be an easy task if you have the right tools and patience to do so. Aluminum foil tape, not duct tape, is great for most leaks that are on a flat surface. Before sealing your air ducts, grab your rag and thoroughly clean the surface. After you clean the surface, place the aluminum foil tape over the leak or use the sealant and a paint brash to seal it.

Call Comfort Experts For All Your Air Duct Needs

Not sure this is a project you want to tackle yourself? Comfort Experts is here to help with all your air duct cleaning needs. We’re your number one heating and cooling contractor in Melbourne, Florida. Call us at 321-722-2111 or fill out our online form here to schedule your air duct cleaning appointment today.