The ductwork in our homes is an important part of the ventilation system. It is essential to be able to recognize the signs that your air ducts need to be repaired and to hire a licensed technician to fix any problems before they become a bigger issue.
Some homeowners don’t know much about how their cooling and heating systems operate. Approximately 20% to 25% of the air in your ductwork is lost because of poorly fitting ducts, leaks, and other various problems. Your HVAC system ends up needing to work harder if any problems aren’t fixed, which will increase your energy bill.
Air ducts, on average, are supposed to last about 10 to 15 years. During this time, they will need a licensed technician to repair problems and to conduct regular maintenance when needed to optimize their lifespan.
Higher Energy Bills
When more air loss than normal occurs, it’ll eventually be reflected in your energy bill. When you turn your HVAC system on to cool your home, the indoor temperature becomes cooler but not as it’s supposed to. This is because air is escaping from the air ducts, leaving your HVAC system struggling to work properly, which causes your energy bill to skyrocket.
Noisy, Loud Duct Operation
Your air ducts will make a small amount of noise while running, but it shouldn’t be obnoxiously loud. If the joints are damaged, you’ll hear rattling or whistling sounds. If you hear constant loud noises when air is traveling through the ducts, there could be holes in the duct. When you hear constant rattling sounds, the ducts should be checked for problems.
Uneven Cooling, Or Heating
You might find one or more rooms are improperly cooled or are warm compared to the rest of the home. This is caused by the air not being able to reach it’s intended destination and can be caused by faulty ductwork or leaks.
Excess Dust In Your Home
Dust is impossible to get rid of completely, but if you start to notice more than usual, there might be something wrong with your air ducts. Dust from outdoors gets inside through leaks and holes. The dust is then carried through the HVAC system and distributed throughout your home.
If you’re regularly replacing your HVAC filters but you’re still experiencing excessive dust, call a professional to assess the problem.
Mildew, And Mold Odors
Mold and mildew problems can stem from poorly insulated ducts and poorly connected ducts. These types of problems appear when the temperatures inside and outside the HVAC system are uneven. Over a few weeks or months, mildew and mold can appear and the odors are pushed through the vents into your home.
Pest Problems, And Debris Around The Vents
Old and damaged ductwork can also cause a pest infestation. Holes and leaks in air ducts provide pests like rodents and bugs, a way to enter. Pests can cause foul odors, the spreading of microbes, and bacteria. They can also make loud noises and damage other parts of your home.
If your air is too dirty from debris, it will leave marks around your vents and you might not notice at first, while a licensed technician will. Debris is usually created from an accumulation of dirt, dust, pet hair, lint, and even small pests.
Respiratory, And Allergy Problems
If you or your family sneeze or cough a lot or have allergies that are not associated with the flu or a cold, it could be coming from your air ducts. Leaks or holes in your ductwork can help pollen, dust particles, and other allergens easily enter your space. If you or a family member has asthma, it’s important to have a licensed technician check your air ducts for leaks and holes regularly.
Air duct repair is one of the most important parts of maintaining your home’s air ventilation system. Breathe easier knowing that if you have any questions about air duct repair, you can call our Home Comfort Specialists at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric in Boca Raton – we have all the answers! Contact the experts today at 561-391-1048 and schedule a consultation.