Air ducts are typically the last thing a homeowner thinks about when it comes to caring for their HVAC system. Air ducts are an essential part of your home’s ventilation; without them, your HVAC unit wouldn’t be capable of carrying air from room to room throughout your home.
Although often forgotten about (due to their typically hidden placement), your air ducts also need attention, maintenance, repairs, and even replacement from time to time. But how do you know when it’s time to replace them? After all, you hardly ever even see the darn things.
In this article, we are going to share 7 common signs to look for that may indicate the need for an air duct replacement.
Much like an AC unit, air ducts can last upwards of 10 years with proper care. It is, however, crucial to note that over time, air duct seals, joints, and seams are susceptible to deterioration. Deterioration/damage can cause many problems for your HVAC systems, such as the costly overuse of energy, poor performance, and overall discomfort within your home, to name a few. Like all HVAC equipment, air ducts experience wear and tear, which is why it is important to have your ductwork checked and likely replaced every 10 years or so.
Airflow is an essential part of an optimally-functioning HVAC system, and believe it, or not your ductwork plays a significant role in the process of efficiently cooling your living spaces. When your ductwork is damaged, old, filthy, or clogged in any way, your home is likely to suffer the consequences- high energy bills and discomfort. If you notice your HVAC system’s airflow depleting or straining, it may be time for a replacement.
If your HVAC system is having trouble cooling your home, you may need to have your ducts inspected. Numerous factors can strain your system and make it hard to cool your home. You can always try checking your air filter first and changing it if necessary (a clogged air filter will restrict cooling performance). If that doesn’t do the trick, have a licensed HVAC technician check/test your ductwork.
Your home’s air ducts are carefully designed as well as strategically placed to ensure that your home can fully benefit from your air conditioning unit. Damages like dents and puncturers can drastically interfere with the effectiveness of your cooling system. If you can visibly see dents or punctures in your ductwork, call a professional to assess the damage. A trained HVAC technician will determine whether you would benefit most from a repair or complete duct replacement and make expert suggestions accordingly.
Mold is always a severe problem, especially if it gets into your ductwork. When this happens, every time your HVAC system kicks on, it spreads mold spores and foul odors throughout your home. From intense allergies to even potentially serious health complications, mold in your ductwork can create a laundry list of problems. If your HVAC system emits a foul smell and you fear your ducts may have mold, contact a professional immediately. Although duct cleanings may help, full replacement is always the best solution for mold.
When issues with your ductwork arise (such as damage, clogs, etc.), even if the issues aren’t visible, noisy ducts are usually a good indication of a problem. If your ductwork makes odd noises as air flows through it, you may need a repair or even replacement.
Ductwork systems are strategically designed and installed throughout your home to cool every space optimally, all while maintaining efficiency, energy usage, and performance. If your ductwork was designed or installed improperly for one reason or another, replacement is necessary. Improper design/installation is one of the leading causes of residential energy loss nationwide. Even with a brand new AC unit that perfectly fits your home, poor ductwork makes optimal efficiency and comfort merely impossible. If you are experiencing hot and cold spots around your home or less than satisfactory levels of comfort, hire a professional to check out your ductwork.
If any of the issues listed above seem familiar-
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