When Should You Consider Replacing Ductwork in Your Home?

June 28, 2023
When Should You Consider Replacing Ductwork in Your Home?

Out of sight, out of mind is often the thought when it comes to the ductwork in your home. However, air ducts are an essential part of your home’s ventilation. And without them, your HVAC system wouldn’t be capable of supplying air throughout your home. Replacing ductwork plays a significant part in the indoor air quality of your home too.

Even if your HVAC system is working well, if the ductwork is not maintained, the results may be poor air quality and lower efficiency. An essential part of your HVAC system’s routine maintenance includes making sure that your ductwork is clean has no damage. Then, when your ductwork is not well maintained, you could end up needing ductwork repair and replacement.

Replacing Ductwork: When It Is Time

If you think it may be time to replace your ductwork for the HVAC system in your home, you may be right. After all, you probably know your system best. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend replacing ductwork.

Age: Yep, when the ductwork is old, it may be time for a replacement. With proper care, they can last more than ten years. That said, they may still need repair from time to time.

Increase in Energy Bills: If your energy bill has taken a giant leap in cost for no apparent reason, you should look for the unapparent. And often, that means something is wrong with your AC ductwork. Same your air quality and your wallet by getting an inspection right away.

A Super Dusty Home: No one wants to struggle through day after day of dusting only to never really get it all. If you have a dustier-than-average home, your ductwork may need replacement. And if you see dust leaking out of the vents and onto the ceiling, that is a sure sign.

New HVAC System: If you have to replace your HVAC unit, you may opt to go ahead and replace the ductwork as well. Likely they are the same age and both will benefit from all new ductwork. Not to mention, your current ductwork may not be compatible with the new standards for HVAC. Have it checked out when you are getting the system replaced.

Air Flow: A healthy AC unit has good airflow. So, if your AC is not pushing air as it used to, there may be an issue. If it is damaged, aged, dirty, or clogged, you need to schedule a quality inspection. What’s more, if you are experiencing less than optimal air temperatures or high energy bills, it is time to call a tech.

Temperature: Is the AC not keeping up with cooling the house as you desire? You may need a duct inspection. Try changing the air filters. If that does not work, call your local HVAC specialist.

Damage: Dents and punctures in your duct system alter the airflow and temperature. Those can be repaired if they are minor. But if you have several deteriorated sections, you may need total replacement.

A Pest Invasion: If you have recently had a rodent problem in your attic, you may need to consider replacing your ductwork. Rodents are known to chew through and even travel through ductwork.

Odors or Mold: If your HVAC system smells musty when it kicks on, that odor may be telling you there is mold in the system. Now that is terrible news and requires immediate replacement. You see, each time the unit turns on, it blows mold spores into the entire home, infecting every part of the home, not only the ductwork. Mold causes serious health issues and several other problems. So if you suspect mold growth in your ducts, please do not hesitate to call your local HVAC company.

Noise: Do you hear strange noises when the air is blowing through the ducts? You may need ductwork repair or replacement. There could be a tear, a disconnected duct, or something clogging the system.

Poor Design: Unfortunately, it happens. When a home is built, the ductwork is laid to distribute the air evenly throughout the house. If that was not done well, you might need a replacement.

Renovation or Remodel: Say you have knocked out a few walls in your home to open it up. Or maybe you have added rooms. In those cases, the ductwork may need restructuring to distribute the air through the home properly.

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