Whether you have just moved into a new home or whether you have lived in a home for a while, the development of cold spots or hot spots can be very frustrating. These areas can be easy to find. When your air conditioner or heater is running, you may find parts of your house that are colder or warmer than other areas. What causes this phenomenon?
Sometimes your furnace and/or air conditioner system is the wrong size for your house. Some less than professional companies will just install a one-size-fits-all system regardless of the size or needs of your house. The phenomenon can also crop up if you make an addition to your home, like an extra room, adding some strain to your system.
A more common cause of hot and cold spots is faulty ducts. When an air conditioning or heating system is working properly, the ducts are distributing the cool air or hot air evenly throughout the house. However, ducts can get damaged, leaky, or dirty, causing interruptions in proper air circulation. Faulty air ducts can result in a loss of up to 40 percent of cool or warm air. This phenomenon causes your system to work harder and longer, resulting in much higher electric or natural gas bills.
Sadly, faulty ducts are not something that a do-it-yourselfer can easily address. An attempt to fix a faulty duct on your own is likely to result in a great deal of expense and headaches with you ultimately having to call in the experts anyway. So it is best to call in trained, experienced air conditioner and heating technicians from the very start. They can ascertain the source of the problem and give you a repair plan for the least cost and time expended possible.
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