Within an HVAC system, there are several large components like an air conditioning unit, a furnace, and air ducts. Each of these components has smaller components as well, and they’re all interconnected. If the air ducts aren’t working properly, the AC unit and furnace are impacted because they have to work harder to produce the same results. Problems like these need a solution, and the solution will often include an air duct replacement.
So what signs should homeowners pay attention to that may signal it’s time for a replacement?
The Age of the Ductwork
Age is always a critical factor to take into consideration when working with HVAC components like air ducts. It is a guarantee that they will wear down over time, as most products do. Either they wear down to the point that the deterioration prevents the air ducts from functioning properly, or they become old enough that they are simply outdated and can’t integrate with other new HVAC appliances.
Most air ducts last around 10-15 years. Homeowners should keep in mind that this estimated lifespan assumes that the system is properly maintained with regular cleanings and inspections. With proper maintenance, homeowners should experience little to no problems during those 10-15 years. But as the air ducts approach the end of that timeframe, they’ll likely need to be replaced. Otherwise, they might pollute the air and even cause mold growth.
Utility Bill Trends
If monthly utility bills start to drastically increase, it could be a sign of a serious efficiency problem with the air ducts. If the air ducts are leaking, the HVAC system has to work harder to do the same amount of work, making it more expensive for the system to run.
Though automatic payments make it easy to take care of finances, it can often result in homeowners overlooking the charges and missing the month over month trends. Even with automatic payments in play, homeowners should still go back and look at the utility bills to note any spikes in the cost.
Declining Indoor Air Quality
Air quality is more important than most people realize. When air quality is poor, it can lead to all sorts of health concerns like headache, fatigue, dizziness, irritation of the eyes and throat, or even allergic reactions. Additionally, poor indoor air quality can make it hard for people to stay focused and be productive, which is more important than ever with so many people working and learning from home.
If homeowners start to notice the signs of poor air quality, it’s time to take a deeper look at the HVAC system, as the air ducts could be the cause. These signs can include musty odors in the air, overly dry or humid air, a visible accumulation of dust particles, frequent coughing, sneezing, or other health concerns. Homeowners should consult with a professional HVAC technician to determine the best course of action.
About Boutwell’s Air Masters
Whether customers are dealing with a leaking AC, failing heater, or blocked air ducts, Boutwell’s Air Masters can help. Their team is committed to delivering high-quality solutions using safe, proven techniques, and they serve all of Pensacola and surrounding areas. Their HVAC specialists always stay up to date on industry developments to make sure their customers continue to benefit from top-notch solutions.