You may think that one of the large indoor or outdoor components is the most important part of your HVAC system. But that’s not the case. All of your HVAC components have an important role in heating and cooling your home. Have you ever heard the saying that you’re only as strong as your weakest link? The same applies to your HVAC system.
If you have a single component that is weak, it impacts your entire system and even your home. Ductwork is a very important and delicate part of your HVAC system. If you have even the tiniest of holes or gaps in your ductwork, it can cost you a lot on your monthly energy bill. Keep reading to learn the signs that you need ductwork repair. Then give us a call for your AC duct repair needs.
Signs of Ductwork Problems
Your ductwork is out of sight, so how will you know if something is wrong with it? There are five signs that you can watch for. If you notice any of these signs, give us a call right away. Addressing smaller concerns is much easier than ignoring them and letting them become much larger problems. Signs of ductwork problems include:
- Rattling and banging – This happens when your ductwork is loose. The airflow may allow it to move around instead of staying in place as it should.
- Visible ductwork holes – Air doesn’t need a big space to leak out of. Even the tiniest holes can take away from the cool or warm air being blown into your home.
- Ductwork tangles – Your ductwork is installed with a particular airflow pattern in mind. If the ductwork moves around and becomes tangled it can impact how much air actually reaches your home.
- High energy bills – When you lose heated or cooled air to leaks, your system has to work harder to reach your desired indoor temperature.
- Hot or cold spots – Each one of your rooms should receive an equal amount of heated or cooled air. If one room is significantly hotter or colder than other rooms, your ductwork is to blame.
AC Ductwork Repairs
Your ductwork can have one or many problems that contribute to poor airflow and high energy bills. But they’re also usually easy problems to fix. If your ductwork is very old, you may need to replace all or some of it, but that is rare if you’re not also replacing your entire HVAC system. During a ductwork inspection our team will check:
- Duct joints – There are places where your ductwork joins or splits off. These seals wear down over time and cool air escapes through even the tiniest of holes. The tape that holds your ductwork together can wear down over time and lose grip. When these seals break and the air gets in, the holes get bigger over time.
- Insulation – Your ductwork is made of very thin material. When it’s hot outside, the heat can impact the cool air blowing through your ductwork. The same thing happens during the winter when the air is cold outside. Insulation is a great way to protect your ductwork so that you can maintain cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.
- Air supply and return – Your HVAC system has connectors that are sealed similarly to ductwork at the air supply registers and return grilles. If these seals get damaged, they can impact the overall airflow into and out of your system. This can in turn impact the overall temperatures in your home and even raise your energy bills as your HVAC unit struggled to keep up.
- Spacing around ducts – When air flows through your ductwork, it expands and contracts with changing temperatures. The ductwork in your home needs a one-inch clearance all the way around to allow for this fluctuation.
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