Your home’s ductwork is at the core of keeping you and your family cool during scorching summers and warm during the oppressive winters. The ductwork also goes a long way in ensuring energy efficiency and optimal performance of your HVAC system. Nevertheless, your ductwork can only serve your home for so long. Over time, the ductwork can develop problems, such as leaks and loose connections, calling for a repair or replacement. Here are some of the circumstances under which you might consider replacing the ductwork in your home.
Ideally, professionally installed ductwork can serve your home for anywhere between 10 and 15 years. Although it might still experience problems within that timeframe, they are most likely minor, and a repair might fix them. However, beyond 15 years, chances of running into more severe problems skyrocket. Some of the common issues with old ductwork include pests, gaps, or even some sections collapsing. With these problems, you might experience issues like overall discomfort in the home and overuse of energy.
Compromised Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is a significant health and safety concern that you can’t downplay in your home. When your ductwork has holes or gaps, pollen and other pollutants can find their way into your home. Consequently, you and your family members might experience symptoms like sinus congestion, nausea, coughing and sneezing, and so much more. In that case, you might consider replacing the ductwork to salvage the situation.
High Energy Bills
We understand that your energy bills are not constant. However, if they take a giant leap, it means that something is wrong, and one of those things could be leaking ductwork. Before making the final decision, our experienced technicians can run a blower door test to determine the extent of the leaks. If the leaks are minor, they can recommend a repair that involves sealing the ductwork. Otherwise, they will recommend a replacement to drive the energy bills lower.
An Excessively Dusty Home
Granted, some dust will settle on surfaces in your home. However, if your home is dustier than you might consider average, you might need to install new ductwork. Depending on the ductwork in your home, you might be able to see dust buildup around the vents. Your ductwork could have small gaps that are letting dust into your home past the filters. If these gaps are within your reach, you can seal them with duct tape. For areas beyond your reach, a licensed HVAC technician can help you out. If the problem is beyond repair, then you might consider a replacement.
Getting a New HVAC System
For some reason, you might want to replace your HVAC unit. In that process, you might consider replacing the ductwork too. It’s likely that the old HVAC system is the same age as the ductwork. Therefore, for uniformity in performance, you might consider replacing the ducts. Besides, you might get a new HVAC system that is incompatible with the old ductwork, necessitating a replacement.
Odd Duct Noises
In an ideal situation, your ducts shouldn’t make much noise on their own. Although the air flowing through them makes some noise, it’s barely audible. When you notice odd noises coming from the ducts, there could be a problem. For instance, it could be that the flexible ductwork is sagging or bent, increasing static pressure. In that case, you might consider replacing the ductwork.
One of the easiest ways pests can get into your home is through ductwork. If you have had a pest invasion recently, there could be unsealed gaps in the ducts. Some of the telltale signs of a pest invasion include:
- Foul smells
- Trace marks
- Gnawing sounds in the crawlspace
Mold in the System
Does your HVAC system have a musty smell that indicates mold? The issue can quickly get out of hand if you don’t replace the ductwork in your home. Mold spores spread even further each time you turn the HVAC system on.
If you resolve to remodel or renovate your home, you might end up modifying the initial design. For instance, you might knock down some walls, rendering the initial ductwork design impractical. To get the most out of it, you might consider replacing the ductwork.
Whatever reason you might have to replace your ductwork, you can always rely on Cool Air Air Conditioning & Refrigeration for reliable ductwork installation services. You can also reach us for any other HVAC service you might need. We boast a team of experienced technicians who strive to ensure you remain comfortable all year long. Reach out to us for more information.