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Signs You Need Your Air Ducts Repaired or Replaced

If you have a forced-air HVAC system, it uses air ducts to transport air throughout your home. While most air ducts last for decades, there will come a time that they will need to be repaired or replaced.

In most cases, your air ducts are hidden in the walls of your home. This can make it difficult to judge the condition of your ducts to know if there is a problem. There are other signs that your air ducts may need attention, though. If you notice any of these issues, contact Modern Air Solutions in Bensalem, PA for an inspection.

Low Air Flow

Low air flow can occur for a variety of reasons.

  • Cracks, tears, or broken seals in your duct can let air leak out. This means less air will make it to your air vent and into your home.
  • Debris could be blocking the airway if you don’t clean your system or change your filter often enough.
  • The ducts may be crushed or disconnected. In this case, the air could be leaking out somewhere or being slowed down by a more difficult path.
  • There could be too few return air vents. If this is the case, Modern Air Solutions can install more for you.
  • Undersized vents or oversized ductwork can also stop the conditioned air from reaching its destination. Modern Air Solutions can modify your air vents or ductwork to improve the airflow in your home.

Low air flow can occur in only one vent or multiple. Go up to each vent while your system is running and check if the air is blowing as usual. If one or all feels weaker than usual, contact Modern Air Solutions to have the air pressure in your ducts tested. We will help you find the cause of the problem and provide the best solutions.

Uneven Heating

Take a few minutes and walk through your home. Are any spots or rooms warmer or cooler than others? While it could be a number of problems with your HVAC system, it is likely an issue with your air ducts. Uneven heating can be caused by many of the same issues as low air flow. Modern Air Solutions can help you fix or modify your ducts to return your home’s airflow to normal or provide an alternative solution.

You will also want to make sure your vents are not blocked by furniture or any other barrier. This can also cause uneven heating throughout your home.

Noises

Your air ducts may make a banging, whistling, humming, or other strange noise when your HVAC system turns on. This can be caused by excess air flow or pressure differences within the air ducts. Your ducts can also carry the sound of your HVAC’s blower. There are multiple solutions that can help isolate the noise your air ducts or HVAC system may be making. The best way to make sure you make the right choice for your home is to call the professionals at Modern Air Solutions.

Mold, Mildew, Dust, and Debris

Cool air flowing through the ducts on a hot day can cause moisture to condense. If there is moisture in your air ducts, mold or mildew may begin to grow over time. While your air ducts may not need to be replaced in this instance, you will want to get them cleaned by a professional. Doing so will help ensure that your HVAC system runs efficiently.

Excess dust in your home can also be a sign your air ducts need cleaning or repair. More dust in your home means that there is also excess debris in your air ducts. If this dust gets into the crucial components of your system, it can cause damage and lead to more costly repairs.

Old Age

Over the years, your air ducts will grow old and get worn. It may begin to get cracked or torn. This can cause your HVAC to become inefficient as the system has to work harder to get the conditioned air into your home. You will notice your energy bills rise and your home may become less comfortable.

If your home is fairly new, you may want to look at repairs or other solutions. However, if your home is older, you may want to opt for replacement air ducts. Be sure to research options and talk to a knowledgeable Modern Air Solutions technician before making your decision.

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