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7 Ways To Tell You Need Duct Repairs

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Air ducts function as necessary HVAC components in your home, as they affect air quality and the transfer of cool or warm air into rooms. If you’re questioning how well your air ducts are functioning, it may be time for duct repairs. Read on to learn about seven common signs you need duct repair.

Seven Tell-Tale Signs You Need Duct Repair

There can be many signs signaling that there may be an issue with your air ducts, but the following are the most common:

Air Temperature Difference in Rooms

If air ducts aren’t sealed properly during the initial installation, this can cause air leaks. Air leaks are the source of uneven temperatures from room to room.

Temperature variations may also be because of build-up of debris in ducts, which can stop air-flow. There could also be an opening from a hole, tear, or crack.

There can be many causes of air temperature differences, so it’s important to call a licensed air conditioning company

Build-Up of Dust on Vents

Dust collects on lots of things from window sills to air vents. If your air vents are blanketed in dust, you could be facing a filtration issue. The air flowing through the duct system brings with it dust and grime which can contain different kinds of contaminants. Although air filters remove these, air vents act as a trap for those particles if the filters are obstructed If you suspect you’re already dealing with an air leak, imagine how much dirt is circulating through the air ducts.

Odd Noises

The moment you turn on your air conditioner and hear unfamiliar noises like popping or banging sounds, it’s likely there’s a problem with your ductwork.​​​​​​ Too much air pressure can cause the ducts to swell, resulting in the noises you are hearing.

Reduced Air Flow

Your HVAC system could be experiencing poor airflow due to a ductwork issue, like a crack or broken seal. A vent could be crushed or not connected or there could be a build-up of debris that is blocking the airflow. An HVAC professional can inspect your home’s ductwork and determine if it’s been poorly designed with a lack of return vents or registers as these can also cause reduced airflow.

Moldy Odors

Mold and mildew thrive in environments where there’s excess moisture and humidity, so when you turn on your AC and smell mold, you could be facing a few different things. The air ducts may be inadequately insulated or there could be a duct leak both of which can result in condensation to develop. This can be a significant problem leading to respiratory problems and other health issues.

Unwelcome Vermin

Pests, such as insects and mice, can find their way into holes or other openings for shelter, even in air ducts. Pay attention to odors, dead bugs, or even rodent droppings. If you notice any of those things, you will need professional help to rid your home and air ducts of the vermin and then help with duct repair to make sure that this problem does not reoccur.

Increase in Your Energy Bill

If you notice an increase in your electric bill, this can sometimes mean your HVAC system is not working efficiently. It may be working ten times harder to make up for a leak or blockage in your air ducts. ​​​​​​If the ducts are badly fitted, this can also result in higher energy usage.

Local HVAC Professionals Near Me

Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has you covered with any duct repairs, renovations, or cleaning you need. To learn more about our services give us a call at 1-800-475-1504.


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