The home’s ductwork system sends cooled or heated air to the individual rooms. If any part of the ductwork becomes blocked or damaged, the entire HVAC system will be affected. Indoor air quality will also decline if ductwork is more than 10 years old.
Here are a few signs it’s time to replace ductwork in your home.
Climbing energy costs
If you haven’t added any new appliances or increased HVAC usage, a rise in energy costs could be caused by old, damaged ductwork. Leaks, cracks, and other damages in ductwork could lead to hot or cool air being sent into the attic or behind the drywall, rather than into specific rooms in the home. You’ll need to schedule a professional inspection to see if HVAC ductwork truly is the cause of climbing energy costs.
Ducts are 10 years old or older
Modern homes are equipped with ductwork designed to last 10 to 15 years. Near the end of the ductwork’s lifespan, gaps and leaks will become more common. Though minor issues can be patched or sealed, old ducts are at risk of collapsing. Be sure to get a professional opinion before patching ductwork on your own.
Improperly sized HVAC unit
Some homeowners are tempted to buy larger HVAC systems, thinking they’ll get greater performance. On the other hand, some homeowners think they can buy smaller systems to save on energy costs. In reality, improperly sized HVAC systems will drive up energy costs and impair efficiency.
Ductwork will also sustain additional wear if the HVAC system is unable to maintain ideal indoor temperature. An over- or under-sized HVAC unit will lead to serious ductwork issues in the future, requiring repair.
Problems with pests, mold, and indoor air quality
Some issues with air quality can be addressed with an air purifier, carpet removal or cleaning, and routine replacement of the air filter. More serious issues like mold or pest infestation may require replacing the ductwork.
Blue Apple offers a range of HVAC services, including ductwork repair and installation. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.