Five Signs Your Ductwork Needs to be Repaired or Replaced
The duct system in your home is extremely important for carrying cooled air from your air conditioning system or warm air from your heating system throughout the rest of your home. This branching system of connections plays a vital role in the cost and efficiency of both your heating and cooling systems. Ducts serve as the circulation system of HVAC system and can have a huge impact on your comfort. Ducts can be improperly installed which can lead to higher energy bills, hot or cold spots, decreased air conditioner/heater lifespan, and many other problems. Most duct systems should last a long time, but there may come a time when the inefficiency in both cost and comfort outweighs the large initial cost of installing new ductwork. It may go without saying but a ductwork repair or replacement should only be performed by a qualified HVAC technician like the experts at Van Natta Mechanical. If your ductwork is upwards of 20 years old, you may want to pay attention to signs of duct problems and deterioration. If you find that your system of ducts meets any of the signs outlined below, give the HVAC experts at Van Natta Mechanical a call.
Ducts are Tangled or Kinked
Every so often, you should perform a visual inspection of your air conditioning ducts, or at least the parts that are immediately visible to you. Look for large holes and with your hands, feel around the ductwork for any air leaking out. You should also be looking for sections of ductwork that are separated. If you have flexible ducts in your home, the material can sometimes rip and need to be replaced. Both rigid and flexible ducts are susceptible to damage if anything falls on them or if weight rests against or on them for an extended period of time. If your ducts are bent, tangled, kinked, dented, or damaged in any other way, contact an HVAC professional as soon as possible.
Inconsistent or Weak Airflow
An air flow problem in your home is often caused by an issue with either the supply or return side of the system. If you have had a new air conditioning system installed with an existing ductwork system, the two may not fit perfectly together. This is why it's important to hire a trusted HVAC contractor to make sure the job is done correctly the first time. Modifications to the ductwork system may be necessary including adding vents, changing grille sizes, or using a different air filter. One of the best adjustments you can make to improve air flow is fixing or replacing your duct system to something that is built more efficiently and is a better match with your air conditioner or heater.
Hot or Cold Spots
There can be many reasons for experiencing hot or cold spots throughout your home. This can be indicative of inconsistent airflow as outlined above or it could be another problem. Often, having hot or cold spots in your home can be a sign of a problem with your ductwork. It might have been improperly sized from the beginning, leaking, or obstructed in some way. An HVAC professional like those at Van Natta can take a look at your air ducts and determine if your hot or cold spot issue is being caused by a duct problem.
One of the most obvious signs that there's an issue with your air ducts is if you begin to hear a strange noise. This noise could be something that started quite suddenly if there has been some kind of immediate damage or it may be something that was quiet at first and has gradually gotten louder over time. Listen for rattling, shaking, or whistling. A rattling sound likely means that your ductwork is loose and needs to be resecured. A whistling sound likely indicates that you have a hole or leak in your duct that air is passing through. Both of these issues can get worse over time if not addressed promptly and can reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner. If you hear any strange noises, give the experts at Van Natta Mechanical a call to check it out for you.
Another reason why you might have to replace your ductwork is that it may have been installed improperly from the beginning. You probably know that your air conditioner or heater has to be sized properly for the size of your home in order to operate at maximum efficiency. However, many people don't know that ductwork should also be sized accordingly. Ductwork that is undersized can cause problems like restricted airflow, reduced efficiency, shorter system lifespan, and higher energy bills. This is why you should always hire a trusted and licensed HVAC company to install or repair your system and ductwork. Cutting small corners now can create large issues down the road that you will have to get an expert to fix.
For all your ductwork, air conditioning, and heating needs, rely on the experts at Van Natta. We can stop by and take a look at your ductwork as spring begins and before you need to rely on your air conditioner in the summer months. We can fix some of the more complicated issues that may arise with your air conditioning system, heating system, or duct work and our comprehensive inspections will give you the peace of mind that your system is operating properly. We offer air conditioning system maintenance, repair, replacements, and installations in addition to spray foam insulation installation to keep cold air from escaping your home and reduce your energy bills. We currently have an air conditioning special for New Jersey and New York homeowners for an air conditioning system installation. Now is the perfect time to have your air conditioning system and ductwork inspected by a Van Natta Mechanical air conditioning expert so contact Van Natta or give us a call today at 201-391-3700.