How to Tell If Your Ductwork Is Damaged
Often, we have no trouble at all figuring out if our heating system is flat-out broken or even struggling a little. You might hear odd sounds coming from your furnace that are definite causes for alarm, signaling you may need a heating repair. Rooms that are not as warm as we would prefer or rooms that are downright cold even though other areas in the home feel quite cozy can be a furnace problem but could be something more. What should you look for to determine your ductwork is not working as it should to deliver warm, toasty air throughout your home?
If you suspect you may need ductwork repair or even air duct replacement, look for these signs to point the way:
- The first tell-tale sign will probably be steadily increasing utility costs. If your heating costs have risen sharply, better call Armstrong.
- Old ductwork can be a common source of indoor heat-loss. If you know the ductwork in your home is older than 15 – 20 years, call Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric to have one of our skilled Comfort Specialists inspect your ductwork today.
- Hot and cold spots anywhere in your home could mean you have problems with damaged or leaking ductwork.
- Whistling or whooshing sounds coming from your ductwork can signify debris somewhere in your ducts or even holes that are allowing warm air to escape.
- Smelling foul or unusual odors when the heating system is running could be a sign of mold or mildew in your ductwork. If you have a basement or crawl space, these smells may be coming from leaks that are allowing damp air into the ducts.
Damaged or broken ductwork should never be ignored. Besides causing energy bills to be unnecessarily high and putting stress on your overall heating system, faulty ducts can also be a source of poor indoor air quality. Breathing in compromised air can cause both short- and long-term health issues.
Need a duct repair or replacement? Call Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric today.