Deteriorating Ductwork: 3 Signs It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your Ducts

by | Jan 15, 2019 | Blog

The network of air ducts in your Kyle, Texas, home is an integral part of your HVAC system. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t pay much attention to their ductwork until it starts causing significant issues. While most air duct problems are repairable, some require a replacement. Here are three signs it’s time to replace or replace your ducts:

Poor Airflow

Poor airflow in your ductwork can happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Tears, cracks or broken seals let conditioned air leak out, which results in less air making it into your home.
  • Crushed or disconnected ducts will slow the movement of air and prevent proper airflow in the HVAC system.
  • Undersized vents or oversized ducts can also prevent conditioned air from reaching your living spaces.

Poor airflow can happen in one or multiple supply vents. While your HVAC system is running, check if the air is blowing strong from each supply vent. If you feel the airflow is weaker than unusual in any of them, there’s likely an underlying problem in the ductwork. A professional can diagnose it and determine whether you need a repair or replacement.

Uneven Heating and Cooling

Do you often feel hot and cold spots around your home? Many of the same issues stemming from poor airflow can also cause uneven heating and cooling. Walk around your house and make sure the supply vents aren’t blocked by furniture or any other obstructions. These can also cause uneven heating and cooling throughout your home.

Loud Noises

If you hear banging, humming or whistling sounds coming from your HVAC system when it’s operating, there might be pressure differences within the ductwork. If the system is off and you still hear strange sounds, you might have a pest infestation. No matter the case, you’ll need a professional to take a closer look and resolve the problem.

Old air ducts will eventually develop tears and cracks that lead to energy waste. To prevent high energy bills, get your ductwork repaired and replaced as needed. Contact Cool Cat AC & Heating today at (512) 775-2591 to schedule your ductwork service.

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