How To Detect Air Leaks in Your Cooling System

Even though you are not a technician, you still should have some idea on how to detect air leaks in your cooling system. Once you detect them, you can contact the technician to resolve the problem as quick as possible. By not inspecting your cooling system for air leaks, might be at risk to a much major and costly problem.

One way that you can tell your cooling system is working harder than it should when you receive a high utility bill. If you are paying additional money to the electric company that seems unusual for you, you should determine if the high utility bill is caused by air leaks in the cooling system.

This week, take the time out to identify air leaks in your cooling system, which you find in the following places:

  • Check Inside Your Home for Air Leaks

Inspect and closely examine all the doors and windows of your house. Shake the doors to determine if they move easily, and if they move, then you have just found your first air leak. Another method to determine if the door and windows are responsible for air leaks is to see if light penetrates through the spaces of the frame and door.

Since this is an air leak that you can fix yourself, you should make it a DIY project. Purchase caulk or weather stripping to put on the areas of the windows and doors that you suspect for air leaks.

  • Walk Through Your Entire Property, Looking for Gaps and Cracks

Basically, you will be conducting a detailed inspection of the entire house. Since it can be a tedious job, as you will have to examine every light switch and electrical plug, you should divide the areas of the house, assigning a room or rooms to each family member. Examine the following things for cracks and gaps:

  • Light switches
  • Electrical outlets
  • Gas and electrical service entrances
  • Baseboards
  • Fireplaces
  • Window and wall air conditioning units
  • Hatches or attic doors
  • Phone and cable lines
  • Fans and vents

If you uncover air leaks, you can call a technician to repair them, if you cannot do it yourself.

  • Check Outside Your House for Air Leaks

Examine the following for air leaks:

  • Exterior corners, ensuring the two sides correctly match up to each other and that no gaps are present
  • Examine for holes and cracks around the water faucets located outside
  • Ensure that the siding lines up perfectly with chimneys and windows
  • Look for gaps where bricks and siding meet the foundation of the house

These tips were brought to you by the expert technicians at Bonfe. Contact us if you suspect any major problems with your cooling system. For more tips, stay tuned and make sure to check back regularly.

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