Russell's Heating & AC
Jul 16 2018

Heating and AC Trouble? It May Be Time to Replace the Ducts

Faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss, plus serious problems with indoor air quality. However, sometimes the faults in the ductwork are too great and/or numerous to consider duct sealing or repair; in these cases, duct replacement may be necessary for your La Quinta home.

Signs You Need Replacement

Here are some signs that can indicate that it is best to replace your ductwork:

Poor Installation

Ductwork should be designed so that there are as few turns in the system as possible; the route from your HVAC system should also be as straight as possible to allow for the highest capacity of air to blow. The ductwork should also be the correct size for your HVAC unit so that the air pressure inside allows for system balance. If your ductwork is kinked (has lots of turns), is too narrow or too wide, or is simply designed poorly, replacement will most likely be needed to remedy the problems.

Mold/Mildew Growth

Mold and mildew can thrive inside ductwork because it is cool and dark, and if the ductwork is faulty, a good amount of moisture can get inside the ductwork, providing the food for the mold and mildew to grow. Mold and mildew growth on metal ductwork can be treated with sprays that can kill the biological growth, but permanently removing the spores from plastic ductwork is very hard, and might not be possible. As such, if you have a mold problem inside plastic ductwork, you’ll want to consider replacement to ensure that the problem won’t re-occur.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Damaged and/or faulty ductwork doesn’t just allow air to escape; it also acts as an open door for contaminants, pollution, moisture and other things to enter directly into your home’s air flow. If you’ve been noticing strange smells, excessive dust and dirt and greater moisture in your home, you may want to consider replacing the problem areas in your ductwork.

The skilled experts at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning have the training and expertise to replace and restore your ductwork, so if you need ductwork replacement in La Quinta.

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