The ducts are insulated tubes, supposed to be flexible enough to fit anywhere and rigid enough to keep their shape for years. Some spaces in buildings are easier to access than others, so some duct sections are easier to install, repair, or replace than others. We would not recommend treating the ducts yourself because of all the hooks, collars, elbows, crimps, and other details involved. Similarly, if structural changes are to be made to your building, the ducts will need to be rerouted or replaced completely. In this case, the DIY project would not be an option.
When your air conditioning or heating system begins to operate, it is the ducts that are responsible for providing that air conditioning or heating in your home. However, if your ducts show leaks, cracks, obstructions, or pinches, the efficiency and comfort of your home will suffer. Broken, dirty or poorly installed ducts have a significant impact on the quality of your indoor air, as well as heating and cooling costs. It would be wise to choose an experienced team when your duct system needs to be replaced or upgraded.
Signs Your Duct Needs Replacing
- Your house is very dusty: Does this seem particularly stuffy or dusty in your home? Do your allergies work? If this is the case, your ducts may have holes, gaps, or poorly sealed. When this is the case, the dust outside the ducts penetrates inside, through the ducts and ends up in your house. Another possibility is that exhaust ducts are leaking into your home, which hurts your health and the air quality of your home.
- You feel the mold: If you notice a strange odor from your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ducts, there may be the presence of mold inside. Sometimes, when warm, moist air passes through cold ducts, condensation forms. This usually happens if your ducts are not well insulated or if the air flowing through them is particularly wet. Over time, condensation can lead to mold in ducts, injecting unhealthy (and smelly) air into your home. Conduits can also generate condensation that can cause mold problems inside your ceiling. So, if you smell something repulsive, you should have your ducts looked at. A professional will have the right equipment to detect mold growth, even inside your ducts.
- Your HVAC unit is loud: Your HVAC system should run quite quietly. If it sounds unbearably noisy, it may be a sign that your ducts are too small for your HVAC system or the ducts are out of balance. When this is the case, your HVAC system has a hard time getting the air through an opening that is too small, which puts the system in trouble and drives up your energy finances.
- The temperature of your home is erratic: Do you already feel that part of your home is much hotter or colder than others? This could indicate that leaking HVAC ducts are losing air and not heating up enough or cooling parts of the house. Incompatible indoor temperatures may be the result of an unbalanced duct system. So make sure you have an experienced HVAC pro on top of the problem.
However, if you are dealing with enough problems as it may be and would like to place the burden on someone else think, always contact an HVAC expert to check the ducts for fixes or a complete overhaul. Give your ducts the utmost care they need and watch them perform at the highest efficiency for as long as possible.