Tell-Tale Signs That Your Air Duct Needs Repair
You’ll be surprised how often ducts don’t need repair. They’re not as obvious as they seem. That’s why you need to keep an eye on them. Check out the signs.
- A failing heating and cooling system
The first sign is when your heating and cooling system doesn’t work anymore. You may notice that it’s hard to comfort yourself in the summer. It’s hot in the morning and cold in the evening. Or you may realize that you don’t get as much heat as you used to. A sweater or a blanket doesn’t hold quite as much heat as it used to. Or perhaps your home has less insulation than it used to, and you’re more exposed to drafts. If so, then it’s time for duct repair.
- Your ac refuses to turn on
Your air-conditioner refusing to turn on is a red flag, even though it worked fine for several years before that. It could be that one of the blowers has stopped working. If so, it’s easy enough to fix by replacing the blower motor. Alternatively, other parts of the system could also require repair (the fan motors can run very hot), and these have failed too.
- Noise coming from your ducts
Loud bangs or noises coming from your duct are not a good sign. This is a sign that you might have a loose part or something else which may need to be repaired. Also, if you hear any whistling sounds in your duct, this could mean that there is a hole somewhere along the line.
- High utility bills
Your energy bill has changed. Your duct is supposed to distribute even temperatures throughout the home and help control hot and cold air to keep the home comfortable year-round. If you notice that your energy bill has increased over the past few months, it may be due to poor insulation or leaks in your duct system.
- Rooms that are too hot or too cold
You have a cold or warm spot in your house. If you notice temperature differences throughout your home, it’s essential to note where those differences occur. If there are varying degrees of warmth or coldness in different parts of your house, it’s likely due to leaks in your duct and an air loss through those leaks.
- Dust and allergens in the air
Properly sealed ducts are necessary for maintaining a healthy home. If your ducts aren’t working as they should, then dust and allergens will easily spread throughout your house or workplace. Duct repair will allow you to prevent this problem from happening.
- A furnace that cycles on and off frequently
If your furnace keeps turning itself on and off, it could be a sign that you need to clean your air ducts. This can happen when dirt and debris builds up in the ducts, causing the system to malfunction.
You can check if this is the problem by simply cleaning your ducts, but it’s essential to have them inspected by a professional who can look for signs of damage or wear and tear. The quicker you get your air ducts repaired, the less you’ll have to spend on energy bills.
Your ductwork is likely located in the attic or basement of your home. Locate them and then see if you can see any problems with the ducts themselves. You may need a flashlight and mirror to completely inspect the whole run of ducts.