Posted on: 12 April 2018
Residential HVAC systems rely on a labyrinth of ducts, hoses, junctions, registers, and vents to circulate the air. Obviously, keeping strong and efficient airflow is very important if you want to maximize the overall efficiency of your system. Many homeowners spend a lot of money on their utility bills, so it makes sense that they will do whatever is possible to reduce them. One of the most common problems, in regards to airflow, is that critical connections become loose overtime, allowing air to escape and greatly reducing the power of the air flowing through your duct system. This is particularly true when it comes to connections that are held together with hose clamps. This article explains how to check your hose clamp connections, and how to replace them if necessary.
Checking for Air Leaks
You will always have an easier time detecting leaks in your duct system if it is running at the time. Obviously, if you are checking during the winter, you will have your heat on. But, it works just as effectively during the summer or spring if you turn on your air conditioner. Just feel for the hot or cold air, and try to follow every foot of your duct system, paying particular attention to the critical junctions, like hose clamps.
Check and Replace Your Hose Clamps
You can find hose clamps in several spots throughout the system. They will probably be used everywhere that you have a flexible or rubber hose. The most vulnerable hose clamps are those that are on the outside of your house connecting the air conditioning unit to your wall. This means that there are at least two clamps on the outside of your house that are vulnerable. There could also be hose clamps near your furnace, especially where you have "step downs". These are sections where the gauge of your ducts or hoses are reduced. Step down connections will often have a hose clamp on both ends. Hose clamps that are connected to flexible hoses are the most likely to get loose. These hoses are often moved around and shifted by the homeowner while the area is being cleaned.
So, if you check your hose clamps, you will see that it is probably cheaper and easier to just invest in brand new ones. Clamps only cost a couple of dollars, but having them tight is going to ultimately save you much more than that over the years. Contact a service, like Universal Refrigeration, for more help.Share