When it seems as if the air conditioner isn’t working properly, people first assume that something is wrong with the AC unit. While oftentimes it is the unit that isn’t working, that is not always the case. If the air isn’t being properly distributed throughout your home, then it may be time to replace the air ducts. No matter how energy efficient your unit is, it won’t save you any money unless the air is flowing properly through the air ducts. Here are some signs it may be time to call an AC repair professional to replace your air ducts.
Inconsistent Temperatures Throughout the House
HVAC units are designed to distribute the temperature equally throughout the house. There may be rooms that are hotter or colder than others due to location, but if you notice some rooms that used to be cool are not cooling down, then it may be time to have a professional come out to check your ductwork. A sharp change in temperature from one room to the next is a sure sign your ducts aren’t working properly.
Noises Coming from Duct Work
Some whirring or clicking noises coming from your AC unit as it turns are normal. However, if you hear any clanking, metal rubbing against metal, or rustling sounds, then that may be a sign your ductwork has a problem and needs to be replaced, especially if the sounds are in one part of the ducts but not another. Additionally, if your ductwork makes a lot of overall noise, then the ducts could be undersized for your system. An AC repair technician will be able to tell you if your ductwork is too small or needs to be replaced based on the noises they hear.
Age of Your Home
If your home is more than ten years old and your HVAC system has never been inspected or upgraded, than it may time to consult an AC repair company as most ductwork is installed to be cost-efficient but not built to last for many years. The older the system, the more likely that moisture may have seeped in over time causing mold to grow. If you ever notice a strange smell coming from your vents, then that is another sure sign your ductwork needs to be replaced. If you are unsure of the age or quality of the ducts, then contact Comfort Experts for a consultation.
Leaky roofs, broken pipes, or water leaks of any kind will wreak havoc on the structure of a home, and that includes ductwork. Water leaks will lead to rusted and corroded ducts that don’t function properly. If your home has encountered any water leaks recently, then call an AC repair company to inspect your ductwork to see if it needs to be replaced.
For any questions you may have concerning your ductwork, contact the HVAC professionals at Comfort Experts for more information.