3 Signs It's Time To Replace Your Ductwork
Your ductwork may not always be visible, which is why you may not always be aware of its current condition. If you’ve had it for quite some time now and ignored it for years, you should have it checked because you might not have noticed that it finally needs replacing.
This might just be what your home needs. Even if it doesn’t need replacing, at least now you’ll be more observant, and you would know what to look out for.
Years Of Service
We’re not referring to the number of years an employee has worked for a particular company, rather how long your duct system has been in your home. If your household has had it for 10 to 15 years or more, chances are an upgrade would benefit you since this is its average life expectancy. However, it may last up to 25 years if it’s well taken care of.
Continued usage of it might no longer be practical. By this time, it may not be able to perform as well as it did when you just got it. Letting it go, and having a newer version take its place would be the ideal option.
Holes And Gaps
It’s okay for your channels to gain a hole every now and then, but if it’s riddled with gaps and openings, it may be best to retire it. These may lead to allergens getting into your living spaces, as the air doesn’t go through the normal filtering process since it is prematurely released into the indoor atmosphere. This is unhealthy and may cause respiratory problems in the long run. It could also trigger allergies.
You may opt to patch all these crevices up but taking into account it has a high number of holes, it may already be prone to developing more easily due to its old age.
Your HVAC equipment will also suffer because the openings lead to the air entering rooms where it shouldn’t. This may then result to temperatures in required areas not being met, so your units work harder and longer to make up for this. This then increases wear and tear and minimizes their total lifespan.
Increase In Utility Bills
As mentioned earlier, your heating and cooling system will make an effort to try and meet what temperature was put into the system. The prolonged time it is running means its consumption of power and gas (during the winter for gas furnaces) will rise. If you haven’t been living under a rock for your entire lifetime, you would know that these typically don’t come free. When this happens, don’t be surprised your supplier sends you a bill with figures larger than before.
You may cover these while waiting for the installation of your new ductwork, but it’s only a temporary solution for vents that are in this state.
If you’re unsure about your own ductwork, have a professional come over to inspect it if you haven’t had one do so for a long time. Take seriously what they advise you, but make sure you only listen to technicians that are experienced and well-respected in the industry. For trusted expert advice, contact us, TDI Air, at (616) 449-1039.