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Your ductwork performs the powerful service of transporting your conditioned air to the different rooms of your home. Whether it is steamy hot outside or as frigid as ice, your ductwork channels the air you need to live a fully functional lifestyle. Clean and well-maintained ducts can help improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Older ductworks can suffer a wide variety of issues due to constant wear and tear. Leaks and loose fittings can cause your HVAC unit to work harder to keep the wanted temperature in your home. This can lead to a significant increase in your energy bill, more breakdowns due to constant strain, or even premature failure. If you have older ductwork, you might be wondering if it is time to replace it. If you are noticing these signs, then you will want to call your trusted team of HVAC specialists from Select Air Conditioning & Heating.
1. Strange Rattling Noises
Your air ducts can last up to 20-25 years but by 15 years of age, they may start developing some issues that can result in them needing to be replaced sooner. One of the most common signs that this is the case is rattling noises. This often means that the ductwork is loose.
If your ductwork is emitting whistling noises though, this often means that the ductwork is leaking. This oftentimes can be solved by a simple patch but if there is more than one leak or the leaks keep recurring, then a replacement would be the best option.
2. Inconsistent Temperatures
If your home is suffering from warm or cold pockets then the problem could once again lie with your ductwork. Ductworks that are improperly installed can result in air leaks, loose connections, or odd turns that restrict airflow. When this happens, your home may be unevenly heated or cooled, resulting in the system working harder to hit those hard to reach areas.
Another common problem is that your ductwork, at the time of installation, was not sized properly for the square footage of your home or for the size unit you have. In both of these cases, the ductwork will not be able to properly transport the conditioned air into the different parts of your home. If this is the case, it is best to get your ductwork replaced so that it is the right size for your home and system.
3. Rising Energy Bills
If your energy bills are continuing to rise then it is definitely a cause for concern. Air escaping from your air duct can be a huge reason why your unit’s energy efficiency has taken a dip and why it feels like money is leaking out of your pocket. It is important to get your air duct checked for leaks to avoid not only costly energy bills but costly repairs for a unit that is being pushed to its limit.
4. Your Home Has Indoor Air Quality Issues
If you have been noticing an increase of dust around your home it could be due to dirty air ducts. While dirty air ducts aren’t always indicative that your ductwork needs to be replaced it should be handled immediately. Dirty ductwork significantly lowers the quality of your air and can lead to major respiratory problems or the worsening of respiratory conditions such as asthma. Contact your trusted team at Select Air Conditioning & Heating for more information on our ductwork cleaning services and a thorough inspection of your ductwork.
Are You Ready for Ductwork Replacement?
With over 27 years of experience, you can put your faith in Select Air Conditioning & Heating’s team to help you replace your old ductwork, and get your unit working as well as new. Our experienced HVAC technicians can help you with HVAC repair, installation, and replacements, as well as air duct cleanings and replacements. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an appointment.