Air ducts are generally the last item on a homeowner’s mind regarding HVAC system maintenance. Without air ducts, your HVAC equipment would be unable to transport air from room to room throughout your house.
Although they are often overlooked (due to their generally concealed location), your air ducts need care, upkeep, repairs, and even replacement occasionally. However, how can you determine when it is time to replace them? After all, you hardly ever see the dreaded things.
1. INADEQUATE DESIGN/INSTALLATION
Ductwork must be constructed and strategically installed to guarantee maximum cooling performance throughout your house and to sustain the life of your HVAC equipment longer. A new duct installation should be done if your home’s ducting was inadequately planned or constructed. Poor ductwork makes it impossible to obtain a practical design and a pleasant house. This is a significant source of energy loss in homes around the country.
2. INSUFFICIENT AIRFLOW
Airflow is critical to a thriving operating HVAC system, and believe it or not, and your ductwork plays a vital role in cooling your living areas effectively. When your ductwork is broken, outdated, dirty, or blocked in any manner, the result is likely to be excessive energy costs and discomfort in your house. If you find that the airflow through your HVAC system is dwindling or straining, it may be time for a replacement.
3. THE AGE OF DUCTWORK
As is the case with most household equipment, HVAC systems do have a useful life. By 15 years of service, serious difficulties are likely to manifest. Older air ducts may have serious challenges, such as gaps. In certain instances, whole parts may even collapse.
It’s prudent to consider replacing more than decade-old ducts. This way, you’ll avoid difficulties and may continue to enjoy the conveniences of home.
All of these indicators suggest that your ducting requires repair. Even if you are a do-it-yourselfer, you should avoid attempting to replace them. Contact a duct repair specialist to replace the system.
4. INFESTATION BY PESTS
Observing insects or rodents within your HVAC ducts indicates that your ductwork has holes or leaks. Bugs and rodents may enter the ducts via the perforations, establishing various colonies and causing further damage, such as obstructing the HVAC ducts.
Additionally, pest infestations may flood your ductwork with hazardous substances such as urine and excrement, resulting in a damaged duct system, inefficient air circulation, and decreased indoor air quality.
Nobody likes foul odors entering their house. If you detect an offensive odor but cannot locate the cause, you may want to update your air ducts.
Mold may grow in your home due to temperature differences between the inside and outside of your HVAC system’s broken ducts. This implies that mold has the potential to grow throughout your ductwork and your house. When mold grows in your ductwork, the odor of mold and mildew will permeate your whole home. As a result, you may detect an unpleasant odor.
5. HVAC OPERATION IS EXCESSIVELY NOISY
While your HVAC system is meant to generate noise while operating, the noise level should not be excessive. If you continually hear rattling noises or if your HVAC ductwork vibrates while heating or cooling your home, you should get the ducts inspected.
Remember that your home’s ductwork is linked through plastic or fiberglass couplings. When these joints get injured, rattling or whistling noises occur.
If the ductwork has holes, you will hear loud sounds when the air travels through the ducts. Avoid ignoring this noise since it will only become worse.
Homeowners want to provide their families with a healthy, safe living environment. In most houses, a duct system is sufficient to provide enough comfort. It provides your house with either warm or cold air as required. If feasible, you want it to blow just in inhabited rooms in your home to save energy.
While adequately maintained ducts serve your house successfully, they might succumb to wear and tear over time. You must get familiar with some telltale indicators of broken or worn ductwork. If homeowners do not know what to look for, they may not notice any physical faults. However, there are several indicators that you should inspect your ducts.
Guest Contributor: Maggie Bloom