The air ducts are an important part of the HVAC system. They are the passageways that move air throughout the home or building. These ducts are responsible for removing air from the rooms and then redistributing the cool or warm air back through the area. For the most part your air ducts are not seen, but they shouldn’t be out of sight and out of mind. Air ducts can become damaged over time or break down just like other parts of your HVAC system. For repairs or replacements, contact Johnson Heating & Cooling. We serve customers throughout Greenwood and surrounding areas in Central Indiana.
What are Signs Your Air Ducts Need Service?
Noticing anything unusual about your indoor air quality or temperature? One of the problems may lie in your air ducts. Here are common trouble signs to watch out for:
Mold: The air that travels throughout these ducts generates moisture. The moisture gets trapped inside the ductwork and can generate mold. This can be a problem during the summer, when humidity levels are higher. If your air ducts are made of plastic, it may retain the mold despite cleaning, and you will need to replace your unit.
Cracks: Because air ducts create and send air back and forth from the home to the system, any cracks or tears in the ducts will create a loss in efficiency. It is important to repair the damage, or install a new duct system to prevent energy loss.
Extreme age: Older homes and buildings with an aged duct system may contain traces of asbestos in the lining of your HVAC system. Structures older than 50 years should be evaluated for an air duct replacement.
Varying indoor temperatures: If there is one area in your home that is warm and another that is freezing, your air ducts could be creating the problem. Ducts can unhook or develop holes and tears. If the temperature throughout your home is inconsistent, it may point to damage in your air ducts.
Excess humidity: A faulty duct system can allow an excessive amount of dampness and humidity into the space. Typically, this is found alongside mold. It is important to not only look for mold but also to watch out for any issues with dampness or humidity. It could be a sign that the duct system is not working properly.
Debris in the system: The duct system is responsible for moving a great bit of air. The filter is responsible for filtering the air and capturing particles or debris. One sign of a problem is dirt around or on the registers. This can indicate a breach in the duct system.