Many homeowners have central HVAC systems, which means they have two communicating units (an indoor and and outdoor) as well as ductwork that runs through the house. If you’re one of these homeowners, you probably don’t think much about your ductwork, but it’s essential for carrying heat or air conditioning to the various vents in your home.
As time goes by, your ductwork wears down and eventually will need to be replaced. Here, our duct cleaning experts share a few signs to look for in order to know whether it’s time to replace yours or not.
How Old Is Your Ductwork?
Think about how old your ductwork is. Was your ductwork installed when your home was built? Was it replaced at all? If it’s 10 years old or older, your ducts may have already started to deteriorate, and the last thing you want to do is let it get worse.
Does It Show Signs of Damage?
The majority of your ductwork is hidden behind walls, but there are still parts that are exposed. Check these parts for things like rust, deteriorating joints, and streaks of dust (which can mean air leaks), and any other visual cues that could mean damage. If your ductwork is in bad shape, it may be time to replace it.
Do You Hear Strange Noises?
Turn your heat or air conditioning on and listen closely. Do you hear strange noises like rattling, pinging banging, or clanging? If so, it could mean your ductwork connections are loose or the seals aren’t working well.
Is the Airflow Sufficient?
The main purpose of your ductwork is to supply sufficient airflow to your vents. When your heat or air conditioning is running, check the airflow in each room. Are they all supplying the same amount of air? If not, it could mean problems with your ductwork.
Do You Have Proper Insulation?
Proper insulation can protect your ductwork. If yours is old or you don’t have enough of it, your heat or air conditioning may not be as hot or cold as it should be by the time it reaches your vents. If you’re not sure about your insulation, our experts can inspect it to assess its quality.
At Oliver, we offer duct cleaning services that can help keep your ductwork in good shape and reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and allergens that flow through your vents. If your ductwork still has some years left before it needs replaced, schedule a duct cleaning with our experts to improve airflow and save energy.