Common Signs That You Have Ductwork Issues
You don’t often think about your ductwork. It’s one of those things that’s essential to your home’s comfort, but that you don’t think about unless there’s a problem with it. But determining what the problem is can be a hassle and cost you money. Most ductwork lasts 10 to 15 years without issues, but that timeline can be accelerated by many factors.
The last thing you want is to have to replace your ductwork in the cold of winter or the heat of summer. This is why HVAC services and maintenance are so important, especially duct services. In this article, experts cover some of the more common signs your ductwork is damaged and what you can do to protect your home.
Signs Your Ductwork Needs Replacing
The biggest telltale sign that you have damaged ductwork is a higher-than-normal utility bill. If you have holes in your ductwork, it means that your HVAC system’s air is escaping, causing your system to work harder to cool or heat your home
If you’ve noticed strange noises coming from your vents or your AC system, it could indicate a problem with your ducts. Whistling usually means you have a hole or holes. Rattling or clanging usually means that some of your ductwork isn’t properly secured or has become detached.
Another sign your ductwork needs replacing is poor air quality. If you have damaged ducts, it could be letting in dust, pollen, pollutants, bacteria, and even insects or other pests.
Once these pollutants and pests get into your home, it’s hard to get them fully out. Plus, if pests have made a home in your ductwork, it could be causing obstructions and costing you even more money. This is why having your ductwork cleaned regularly is an absolute must for heading off any big ductwork problems.
The Importance of Cleaning and Inspecting Ducts
Even if you’re not currently experiencing any noticeable ductwork problems, it’s a good idea to have your ductwork cleaned and inspected for issues. You see, even a poor duct design job or a mismatched duct to the AC system can cost you money. Oftentimes a few simple modifications can increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and lower your utility bill.
Luckily, when you have a professional come to clean and inspect your ductwork, they’ll be able to tell you if anything is wrong or needs fixing. Some people don’t even realize that their air quality is poor until they experience excellent air quality after the ducts are cleaned! It’s, quite literally, a breath of fresh air!
Ductwork Replacement Costs
Cleaning your ducts regularly can help improve the air quality in your home and it can help you head off any major ductwork issues, especially if you remember to clean the grilles as well.
If you have pets, you’ll want to clean your ductwork once every year or two, as that pet hair tends to clog up the works. Small leaks can be repaired, dirty ducts can be cleaned, poorly designed ductwork systems can be modified.
But replacing your whole ductwork system can be a big, expensive job. So, don’t let your system degrade to that point. Call a professional to get your ductwork cleaned and inspected. It’ll give you peace of mind and clean air to breathe!
About Air Comfort Service, Inc.
Since 1969, Air Comfort Service, Inc. has been serving the St. Peter’s, Missouri, area with pride. Their expert technicians offer excellent workmanship and customer service. They’re available for any job: residential, commercial, industrial, and anything in between. The family-owned and operated business has been offering competitive pricing and community service for 50 years!