Many people don’t think about their ductwork until there is a major issue. In fact, your ductwork should regularly be cleaned to give you optimal air quality. Sometimes ductwork is beyond cleaning and simply needs to be replaced. How do you know you need to replace your ductwork? Here are a few signs that you need to replace your ductwork.
Call a local company to come and inspect your ductwork. They may suggest cleaning or replacement based on the condition of your duct system. The type of duct system you have may determine whether a simple repair is possible or if the entire system must be replaced.
Mold or Mildew?
If your duct system is contaminated with mold or extensive mildew, it may be beyond basic cleaning. Mold in your duct system can cause respiratory illness and be overall very hazardous to the health of your family. If you notice a mildew smell in your home, call a professional right away!
Age of Duct System
With proper maintenance, a duct system can last quite awhile. However, if your duct system is older than 15 years old and the seals, joints, and seams are starting to deteriorate, it may be worth it to replace the entire system.
Reduced Air Flow
If the rooms in your home are not receiving the right amount of airflow, then you need to be sure that your duct work is not leaking. With holes or breaks in seams, your HVAC unit will have to work much harder. This results in a much higher energy bill. To reestablish good energy efficiency, you may have to replace your duct system.