HVAC Tape and How It’s Used

Some HVAC projects are costly and typically need a professional to perform them. Fortunately, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, there are some tasks that you can handle on your own with ease. One of the tools that will come in handy when performing such tasks is HVAC tape.

What is HVAC Tape?

HVAC tape refers to any tape that’s specifically engineered for HVAC installation and maintenance tasks. For example, you can use the tape to seal flex duct, rigid duct material, and sheet metal.

How Do You Apply It?

How you apply the tape to your HVAC equipment makes the difference between dependable, long-lasting performance and expensive inefficiency. Be sure to follow the steps below:

  1. Tear or cut enough tape from the roll if you’re sealing a short length of HVAC material. Apply the tape directly from the roll if you’re to use it on a longer material. For easy handling, just unroll a few inches of the tape at a go while applying.
  2. Starting with the end you’re using, remove the tape liner. Apply the HVAC tape while centered over the area you’re sealing. Keep peeling off the liner while applying the tape. Make sure the tape stays unwrinkled on smooth surfaces and conforms to textured or uneven surfaces like reflective insulation and flex duct.
  3. If you’re applying the tape straight off the roll, tear or cut it once you establish the exact length that will ensure no leaks or gaps and total system closure. Using excess tape will unnecessarily increase your repair costs.
  4. Finish your tape application by wiping it down thoroughly with a squeegee. That maximizes surface contact, resulting in a more secure bond.

Remember, HVAC tape reliability is crucial to the success of your project. Therefore, only work with a UL listed tape as it has passed a series of tests for shear strength, tensile strength, and adhesion level. If you get stuck and need responsive and reliable HVAC assistance, contact the experts at Air Assurance. We’ve been helping Broken Arrow homeowners with their home comfort needs since 1985.