According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30% of the energy consumed by your HVAC system can be lost due to faulty ductwork. The signs of a duct problem may be subtle to the untrained eye or ear. Air duct repair can improve HVAC performance as well as comfort, health, and energy efficiency.
12 Signs Air Duct Repair is Needed ASAP
Here are 12 signs you should call a professional ASAP:
1. Air Vents Are Dirty
If there’s dust and dirt around air vents, this points to a filtration problem in the duct system. As conditioned hot or cold air blows, dirt is left behind includes dust, lint, small bugs, pet hair, etc. The buildup often develops slowly over time.
2. Noise from Ductwork
By now, you’re probably accustomed to the usual noises your HVAC system makes. But if there seems to be unusual vibration or loud metallic noises, something is wrong. This is a sign your AC is working harder as well.
3. High Energy Bills
Normally, a little air escapes your ductwork. Your energy bill will reflect this if 20% or more of the air in the system is lost. The HVAC system will need to work harder to compensate and keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
4. A Lack of Airflow
Cracks, tears, and poor sealing can cause air to leak, so there’s less to blow through the vents. You’ll also have less air to circulate throughout your home. A lack of air despite your HVAC system running means it’s time for air duct repair.
5. Allergy/Respiratory Symptoms
Leaks, contamination, and repair issues in ducts can lead to symptoms ranging from sneezing to persistent coughs, to a range of cold and flu symptoms as pollen, dust, and small particles circulate in the air.
6. Some Rooms Are Warmer or Cooler
The temperature may vary from room to room and from one part of the room to another. If one room is significantly warmer or cooler than everywhere else, a duct may be blocked, torn, or otherwise damaged.
7. Your Home Is Dusty
There may be dust everywhere in your home despite how often you try to clean it. If ducts have holes or leaks, debris may be getting in from outside. Some contaminants can cause not only sneezing, but long-term issues like cardiovascular disease.
8. Mold and Mildew Odor
A poorly insulated duct or bad connection can lead to uneven temperatures and condensation in ductwork, allowing mold and mildew to grow. You can smell it in the air that blows from the vents. The results can range from damage to furniture to various health problems.
9. The Filter Clogs Up Faster
Your AC or furnace filter should last at least one to two months. It can clog up sooner if you have pets or excessive dust. This might also mean there’s excess dust and dirt in your ductwork.
10. HVAC Components Are Filled with Dust and Dirt
If you look inside equipment panels and see dust and dirt on coils and other components, it’s likely coming from your ductwork. Dirt inside ducts can reach anywhere in your HVAC system.
11. Signs of Bug/Rodent Infestations
Rats, mice, and other critters can find many places to hide in ducts, and holes and tears give them easy entry. Insects can get in too. If you smell odors, see droppings, or spy moving targets, your health may be in danger. Call a ductwork professional immediately.
12. Ducts Are Visibly Damaged/Tangled/Old
Seek air duct repair if any part of your ductwork looks worn, corroded, or tangled. The seals, seams, and joints in ductwork can deteriorate over time. Something could be leaning on a duct without you knowing it, causing dents, kinks, and other types of damage.
Contact Sky Heating & Air Conditioning
If you experience the signs listed above, our team can provide an inspection and any type of repair necessary. We specialize in duct sealing, repair, and other ductwork services in Portland and The Dalles. To schedule service, contact us online or at 503-694-4650.