you loosing money due to “leaky
ducts”? We can help you by finding and repairing those
expensive leaks once and for all.
Introducing the new innovative 'Duct Detective' duct pressure/flow testing service.
Email or call for your Duct Leak Test Today!
Service on an existing air conditioning or heating product
or to arrange for an estimate on new equipment please call
at our main office telephone number: 972 - 223
At Pape Service Company, we are always looking for ways to improve
and better serve our customers. This does not always include
repairing or replacing air conditioning equipment. As part of
this ongoing effort we now offer duct leak testing because we
have found a reliable way to determine which systems are leaking
and then to locate those leaks and eliminate them.
Duct Leak Testing steps:
the supply and return air grills in your home with a thin “mask” to
block air flow through the grills while testing.
We connect a calibrated fan to the duct system and measure the
air flow through this fan at the typical pressure the system
Based on the measured air flow into the duct system with the
outlets covered, we calculate the loss that is directly related
to leaks in the duct system. While no loss is ideal, a maximum
of 10% is the target for a duct system that is considered efficient
When excess leakage is detected, we go looking for the leaks
and begin making repairs until the 10% maximum is obtained. Most
of the repairs can be made at very little additional expense
to the customers and no billable expense is made without your
After the test, the grill “mask” is removed from
each grill and the calibrated fan is removed.
Sounds simple? It should because it really is very simple. Most
leaks in your attic are sealed using a brushed on soft paste
or mastic that hardens over time and lasts much longer than the
duct tapes and calks of the past. This is applied in your attic
or furnace closet just like paint on an old barn. Some repairs
are made using a special foil tape in places where the mastic
might not be appropriate. No high technology process is usually
needed other than the test itself.
So why is it FREE for 31 ONCOR customers? Because ONCOR has a
rebate program that is covering all the costs of testing (as
long as the repairs are made to reach the target efficiency).
Since they only pay on repaired systems, we are ‘experimenting’ with
the free offer on 31 only. However, we may find that we can offer
the FREE test for more customers in the future if we continue
to find that most homes need duct repairs and customers, once
aware of the need, are willing to pay for the needed repairs.
While we love our customers, we also like to eat, so we will
always want to make a little on each job whether paid by ONCOR
or by our satisfied customers.
How long does the typical Leak test job take? Preparing a system
for testing, doing the test, and removing the grill “masks” after
the test takes about one hour for each system. Additional time
for sealing leaks is directly tied to where and how big the leaks
are when we locate them.
Can all systems be repaired to a satisfactory level? No, unfortunately
some systems are so leaky that abandonment of some of the duct
runs or chases is the most practical action. In fact, we are
finding a surprising number of systems with major leaks allowing
large amounts of attic air to be pulled into the system and blown
directly into the homes. In this case, quite often the best option
is to abandon the entire return inlet and cut a new dedicated
inlet in the ceiling of a hall or corridor. The typical cost
for this type of repair is $250 to $400 depending on size and
location but the rewards of cleaner air and lower utility bills
should make this expense worthwhile.
Can a non ‘all electric’ ONCOR customer have the
test and repair done? Absolutely Yes, a system with a gas furnace
is just as likely to leak as an ‘all electric’ system.
Unfortunately, the rebate from ONCOR is structured so that we
need to charge a fee for the test. We will gladly provide you
with a price for testing prior to doing any work and if leaks
are found, we will also provide you with a repair estimate prior
to commencing any billable repairs.
So give me a call or email to schedule an appointment or ask
Pape Air Conditioning Service Company supports the local communities
in which we serve and also supports improvements within the
industry. We are members of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce,
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, and the Glenn Heights Chamber
We also are active members of the North Texas Air Conditioning
Contractors Association, Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association
(TACCA), and the National Air Conditioning Contractors Association
(ACCA). Our family and employees serve in many civic and educational
positions including; State Legislative Chairman for TACCA, Board
of Directors for NT ACCA, Board of Directors for TACCA, a Founder
and Board of Director for the Red Oak ISD Education Foundation.
Other involvement includes Board and Officer positions for various
municipal, school, church, and industry related organizations.
We care about our community and we will continue to make it a
good place for everyone to live and work.
Please give us a call us at
Pape Air Conditioning Service Company and we’ll do the
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