As featured in the Sunday Mail TV guide > Trades & Services section > Don’t Duct Out of the Way from Servicing Your Ducted Airconditioning
Published: November 17, 2014 – wk47
Metropolitan Fire Service Warning On Ducted Airconditioning Systems
Warnings issued by the Metropolitan Fire Service highlight why Ducted Reverse-Cycle owners should make sure that their systems are fully serviced and ready for the heavy-use summer months.
If a blaze does start, the ducts in your house can act as conduits for any flames. What would ordinarily be a fire starting in one section of the house, now has the potential to rapidly spread to every room.
The ducts will also help spread suffocating and toxic smoke around the home. A fire in Wynn Vale, just last week, caused significant damage to the roof of a property because the fire spread through ducting.
Protecting Your Ducted Airconditioning (A/C) & Home
Owners of Ducted A/C Systems would get significant benefits from installing a Kimberley Solar Powered Roof Ventilator.
This helps increase system efficiency, reduce the risk of faults and helps protect your home.
Moisture and heat in your roof space damage the glues and tapes that hold together ducting. Moisture and heat can also lead to rust developing and fittings being damaged by metal expansion.
Damaged ducting can leak significant amounts of cool air from your system, reducing cooling effectiveness and increasing energy costs.
Dampness and moisture are also a major contributor to material and structural damage in homes.
These problems can be easily remedied by installing a Kimberley Solar Powered Roof Ventilator and with no increase to your electricity bill.
Q: What are the typical Ducted A/C problems?
A: There are a number of frequent problems affecting Ducted air conditioners, some that happen to reverse cycle units and some specific to ducted systems.
General problems include dirt/dust inside unit, blown capacitors and damaged fan blades.
Specific problems are usually related to poor cooling (damaged ducting), poor air balance throughout the home (poor design or ducting problems), and water leaks (poor installations, poor internal airflow, dirt inside the unit, uninsulated ducting).
Sharpe Air care Experts recommend that if your ducted air-conditioning lacks zoning, then you should get an Accredited Air care Technician to install to integrate zoning controls into your system.
Ducted air conditioning is power hungry because you need a large unit to cool the entire house. By installing zoning controls, you only cool rooms that are being used or cool some rooms more than others.
This will give substantial savings on your heating and cooling bill.
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- Do you have poor airflow out of your vents?
- Are some rooms colder than others?
- Your system failing to reach the correct temperature?
- Do you hear odd noises coming from your ducting?
If you notice any of these problems, contact a Sharpe Technician immediately.
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Inspections and tests by a fully licensed Sharp Accredited Technician include:
- Evaporative Air Care Service
- Reverse Cycle Air Care Service
- Electrical Safety Inspection
- Plumbing & Hot Water Inspection
- Gas Appliance & Heating Inspection
- Solar Inspection & Panel Clean