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Did you know that approximately 25% of the air in your HVAC ductwork is lost as a result of leaks and poorly fitted ducts? This can translate into hundreds of dollars wasted each year. Luckily, there are solutions to this problem. You can either upgrade your ductwork or consider air duct replacement services. It is imperative to do something when it comes to the condition of your ducts before it’s too late. Keep reading to find out how to spot ductwork problems and what to do in such cases.

Why HVAC Ductwork Is So Important?

When people are considering their HVAC system, they often overlook the ducts.

This can be a costly mistake. The ducts pull air from various parts of your house to be heated or cooled and then they conduct it back to other parts of your house.

If the ductwork is poorly connected or has multiple holes, air pressure is lost. This makes your HVAC system work harder which increases your energy bill.

Ducts are designed to last for about 10-15 years on average. They are made from a combination of materials such as fiberglass and plastic.

At some point, these ducts will get damaged. The sooner you see signs of damage and do something about it, the better. That’s because you avoid spending too much on your energy bill and prevent more costly repair projects.

When ducts get damaged, your comfort level will drop significantly. For example, your air conditioning unit might not be that efficient and you’ll end up with cold or hot spots in certain rooms. Obviously, you can do things to make your AC unit more efficient, but it’s important to fix the ducts first and avoid more complicated problems.

Similarly, damaged ducts can also push toxic air through the vents because of mold and mildew problems. Having your HVAC ducts maintained properly is paramount for your health and quality of life.

Do I need a new ductwork?

How do you know if you need new ductwork?
 
Some of the most common signs you should replace your ductwork are old ducts, high utility bills, and poor indoor air quality.
  1. Old Ductwork. The ductwork in most homes lasts between 10 and 15 years before problems arise. …
  2. High Utility Bills. …
  3. Poor Indoor Air Quality.

 

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Design approval and/or permits from your local building authority are usually required for HVAC Ductwork Installation. Verify requirements with your local building department before any HVAC Ductwork Installation work begins.

Generally speaking, a full HVAC system replacement will take around three days to complete; one day for the changeout, and two days to do the ductwork. More extensive ductwork might require three or four days.

50 years
 
Metal ductwork has a great life as long as no moisture or water has gotten in it and can last for a hundred years or more. Flex duct shelf life can vary greatly depending on the type of ductwork installed. Silver lining ductwork can last more than 50 years.
  1. Look at the plate on your furnace to figure out how many BTUs it produces. …
  2. Multiply that number by the amount of cubic feet of airflow per minute (CFM) your type of furnace produces. …
  3. Divide your number by 10. …
  4. Calculate the size of your ducts vents by multiplying the length by the width.
Some of the most common signs you should replace your ductwork are old ducts, high utility bills, and poor indoor air quality.
  1. Old Ductwork. The ductwork in most homes lasts between 10 and 15 years before problems arise. …
  2. High Utility Bills. …
  3. Poor Indoor Air Quality.

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