Chances are, you’ve given almost no thought to your HVAC ductwork. And why would you? You have plenty of other things to worry about each day. But no HVAC system lasts forever, and that includes the A/C ducts. If your system is not working properly, the ducts may be part of the problem. But before you decide to have them replaced, you need to know a little about ductwork problems.
Signs of Ductwork Problems
Inspect any ducts that are exposed to view. You should be able to see if seams are separating or if the sealant is deteriorating. Next, you need to check the airflow. Go into each room of your house to see if the cool air is reaching all areas of the house equally. If some rooms are getting more air than others, you may have collapsed or collapsing ductwork.
Aging or damaged ductwork can lead to increased utility costs, poor air quality, and inadequate heating or cooling. One way to determine if your ductwork is the issue is to visually inspect any ducts that are exposed to view. You should be able to see if seams are separating or if the sealant is deteriorating. Next, you need to check the airflow. Go into each room of your house to see if the cool air is reaching all areas of the house equally. If some rooms are getting more air than others, you may have collapsed or collapsing ductwork.
You should also know the age of your ducts. You may still have the original ductwork that was installed decades ago. In that case, it’s likely you will need to hire a professional to replace A/C ducts.
Replacing the ductwork may seem like a big expense, but tackling the replacement job on your own will only wind up costing you more in the long run. Unless you are a professional, it’s quite easy to choose the wrong type of insulation or incorrectly seal the ducts. Highly trained HVAC professionals can do a comprehensive inspection to make certain that the ducts are the problem. They know how to repair or replace your ducts quickly and efficiently using the right supplies and tools to get the job done. When they are finished, your home will be more comfortable, and you are likely to see a reduced cost in your energy bills. Damaged ducts leak a lot of air, making your system inefficient and expensive to run. Unfortunately, when you DIY, you often have to have professionals come in and redo the job.
One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Pittsburgh
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