Signs That Your Ductwork Needs To Be Replaced

hvac ductsYou could consider the ductwork in your home as the circulatory system of your house. Just like the circulatory system in your body, the ductwork in your home needs to be in good condition to maintain the health of your home and air quality.

This system, however, can suffer from wear and tear over time. Problems that may develop over time include leaks, diminished efficacy, and performance. Mechanical parts in your HVAC can wear down from dirt and corrosion introduced by humid and dirty air let in from the leaks in your ducts.

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Signs That You Need An HVAC Ductwork Replacement Essex CT

To prevent damage to your HVAC system, it is important to have your ductwork inspected regularly by a qualified technician to prevent damage to your HVAC system. By conducting the required maintenance and repairs, you will keep your heating and cooling unit running at peak performance. However, some indicators let you know it is time to replace your ductwork.

Consider The Age Of Your Ductwork System

Even with all scheduled maintenance and repairs, your ducting has a typical lifespan between 10 and 15 years. If you know that your ductwork is this age, it is a good idea to start saving and preparing for a replacement. It can prevent sudden failures that happen in older ductwork such as gaps and collapses.

Tangled, Damaged, or Kinked Ducts

ductwork replacementIf your ducting is dented or appears tangled, this is a sign of damaged ductwork. You should always replace damaged ductwork regardless of age. This kind of damage can also be a sign of an aging system.

Facing The Improper Sizing Of Your Ductwork

Occasionally an HVAC system is replaced at a different time than the ducting. When this happens, it is possible that the ducting is not the proper size for the heating or cooling unit. A clear sign of this problem is when you have issues with static pressure or airflow.

In some cases, your ducting can be modified rather than replacing. Modifications a technician would carry out includes adding venting or air exchanges. Another set of solutions would be to change the size of the filters and or plenums to fit the HVAC unit.

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New Noises Within Your Ducting

All homes make some noise, but if you are hearing new noises originating from your ducting, it could be a sign of severe damage. Loose sections or collapsed sections of ducting make a large clamoring sound as well as rattling. A new whistle or whizzing sound is typically a sign of leaky ducting. It is essential to have any new sounds inspected by an HVAC technician to ensure it is not a sign of damage.

Indoor Air Quality: Problems Caused By Old And Damaged Ducting

indoor air qualityThere are more problems created by damaged ducting than just new noises in your home. Damaged and old air ducts can allow undesirable pollutants in your home. The contaminants include dirt, environmental pollution, dirt, and pollen. All of these pollutants drastically decrease the air quality in your home, creating allergies and other breathing problems. Leaks in ducting, especially a return that draws in humid air, can allow mold to infiltrate your home. It is important to repair any leaks and holes instantly. If the holes are not repairable, a replacement will be necessary.

Hot And Cold Spots Due To Problematic Ducts

Hot and cold spots within your home are often an indicator of leaks, obstructions, or improperly sized ducting. This problem is also the possible case if you notice diminished airflow to the entire home or a particular room. Again, in some cases, all that is necessary is a repair, but it could also be an indicator of a needed replacement.

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The Possibility Of Poor HVAC Ductwork Installation

There is a correct way to install ductwork. It is also essential that it is properly sized as part of the installation. While modifications are possible, as previously discussed, sometimes the complications presented could require a complete replacement. If your system is unusually inefficient, this could be a sign of improper installation. If left unaddressed, improper installation and sizing can shorten the life expectancy of your heating and cooling unit.



When your HVAC system makes sounds, performs poorly, or has efficiency changes, these are signs that it needs, maintenance, repair, or even replacement. If you notice these signs, it is important to find a licensed technician to look at your HVAC unit and system.

Wilcox Energy has NATE certified technicians on staff that can correctly service your HVAC system. You can trust our knowledgeable technicians to conduct tune-ups, repairs, and replacements when you need them. All of our HVAC services are fast, friendly, and affordable. Furthermore, we offer free estimates and free second opinions. Call our office today to find out more about the services that Wilcox Energy provides or to schedule an appointment.

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