Signs You Might Need AC Duct Replacement

The branching network of connections in your home that are responsible for transferring cooled air from your home air conditioner, is better known as ductwork. Its unseen, and as a result is easily neglected and forgotten about- and sometimes you need AC duct replacement.

Ducts play a vital role in the successful extraction of hot air from the house and the distribution of cooled air from the air conditioner to the different parts of the house. But its not always as simple as that.

According to this article, “about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

When to Replace Your Ducts?

home AC serviceA professionally designed air duct system will maximize the air conditioning efficiency for a comfortable and even temperature. With leaking, damaged, or loose ducts, efficiency is lost and higher energy bills are just around the corner.

Some noticeable signs will tell if there is a problem with the ducting. Being able to identify these signs at an earlier stage can prevent potentially bigger problems.

  • Unusual Noise – You don’t normally hear weird, unpleasant, or unusual noises coming from the ducts. Properly installed ones work quietly and effectively. If yours is noisy, then there must be a problem. It could be stored debris that’s causing the noise which requires cleaning or the wrong duct size was installed and there’s a question now of its compatibility with the entire cooling system.
  • Hot and Cold Areas – Uneven temperatures, hot and cold spots, these are some of the issues when there are leaks, obstructions within the duct lines or an unbalanced supply and return of airflow. Wrong AC size for the ducting or dirty air filters are the top causes of uneven temperatures, but if these were ruled out then most probably, the problem lies with the ducting.
  • Dust is Everywhere – Wondering why it’s excessively dusty inside the home? It could be a sign of ductwork leak. Holes, gaps in between the connections, or tear on the walls allow heated or cooled air to seep out while dust, dirt and other particles pass through. With an opening, the home AC service is at risk of getting damaged, making home cleaning laborious, and opening a portal for more respiratory illnesses.
  • Tangled or Damaged Ducts – Like any other piece of equipment in the house, ducts get damaged over time. Ducts may tear or rip open when anything falls or a heavy weight is placed on it. Spare some time to inspect the entire ducting structure. If you find tangles, bents, tear, or any form of damage on the structure, call professional help.

Professional HVAC technicians will determine the cause of the problem and replace the affected section. Or in worse and more complex cases, a complete replacement of the entire system may best.

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