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Damaged Ductwork Signs

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If you own a central HVAC system in your home, then chances are you are familiar with ductwork. This network is what supplies the heated and cooled air from your HVAC system throughout your home. Damaged ductwork can directly impact your comfort, cause high energy bills, poor indoor air quality and reduced performance. Damaged ductwork can be difficult to spot, but if you notice any of the damaged ductwork signs below then it is time to contact LA Construction, Heating and Air.

Whistling Sounds or other Strange Noises

Your HVAC system should be relatively quiet while running. Any unusual or strange sounds are damaged ductwork signs. Damaged ductwork allows for heated or cooled air to leak before reaching the desired areas. Poor airflow not only damages your HVAC system, but can also lead to costly energy bills. Ductwork sealing or replacement should restore proper airflow to your home.

Unusually High Utility Bills

Seasonal increases in your utility bills are to be expected. However, an unusually higher bill is indicative of a problem, because the harder the unit works the higher the bill will be. If you notice a sudden increase in your bill have your ductwork inspected first, as it is usually the cause for an unusual spike.  

Uneven Temperatures Throughout the Home

Your HVAC system and specifically your ductwork is responsible for maintaining even temperatures throughout your home. If you notice any dramatic changes in temperature levels as you move from room to room, your ductwork is most likely to blame. This could be due to an air leak, a blockage or improperly sized ductwork. Closing off vents and registers not in use creates uneven pressures in your ductwork system and can create an additional strain on your HVAC unit. The solution to this is to properly design and size your ductwork as well as proper sealing to allow for adequate airflow throughout your home.

Excessive Dust

The gaps and cracks in damaged ductwork will allow for dust and debris to settle so you will notice your home getting dustier especially when using your HVAC unit. Keep your system on a routine maintenance schedule and check your air filter often. If your air filter looks clean but you notice accumulation of dust on your vents, then this could be an indication of air filtration issues in your ductwork. Get your system professionally inspected to prevent costly repairs in the future.

Pest Infestation

The holes and cracks in damaged ductwork will allow pests to be able to find their way inside. Pests will prefer the darkness of the ductwork and they may create nests inside of the ducts, causing further damage to your HVAC system. Not only will they cause HVAC issues, but their nesting material and waste will contaminate your home’s air and can trigger respiratory issues. Professional removal of the pests and repairing the damaged ductwork should alleviate these issues.

Unpleasant Odors

Dust and dirt accumulation over the years can lead to unpleasant odors coming from your air ducts. Furthermore, damaged ductwork can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. If you suffer from allergies or any other respiratory ailments, you know the dangers of mold.

Old Ductwork

Occasionally check your ductwork or schedule routine HVAC maintenance. Checking your ductwork is especially important if it is an older duct system that may need replacement. Old ductwork will lack proper insulation, could have poorly designed layouts, damaged sections, deteriorated seals, or gaps. If your ductwork is older than 15 years old, consider replacement rather than repairs.  

Contact LA Construction, Heating and Air

If you are looking for ductwork replacement or repair, give us a call today or contact us online. We are here to help you keep your HVAC system running properly and as efficiently as possible. We can check your equipment and ductwork to diagnose issues you may be experiencing with your system. We offer free consultations for replacement and offer IAQ solutions as well. If you have any questions about our services, or would like to schedule an appointment give us a call today.

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