When Should Your Duct Work be Replaced?

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At least twice a year, most homeowners know that they should replace their HVAC filter. Over time, it becomes less effective and causes your system to work harder if left unchanged from season to season. This often leads to another question: are there other components of your HVAC system that you should routinely replace? Routine might be a bit of a mischaracterization, however, there will eventually be a time when you should update your ductwork. Let’s look at when HVAC ductwork should be replaced.

Types of HVAC ductwork
There are actually six different types of HVAC ductwork. The most common options are rigid, flexible, and PVC. Of the three, PVC is primarily used in bathrooms. The other two are what most homeowners think of when they picture their HVAC system.

Rigid ductwork can come in a variety of shapes. Generally speaking, rigid ductwork is made of metal and can be square, round, or rectangular.

Flexible ductwork is a fiberglass alternative most commonly used where rigid ductwork would be impractical. It’s often wrapped in pliable aluminum and can connect to rigid ductwork (such as running a vent off of your main trunk to a room).

Reasons to consider replacing your HVAC ductwork
So why would you consider replacing your HVAC ductwork? It usually starts with your wallet: when energy bills seem unreasonable despite minimal changes in your rate or the seasonal temperatures. Increased energy costs can point to leaks in the system that a professional can quickly diagnose for you.

Another reason to replace your ductwork is when seasonal allergy sufferers feel bad all year long. This can point to poor indoor air quality or possible mold issues within your ductwork.

Finally, if you’re hearing strange noises coming from your HVAC it could also point to a reason to update your HVAC ductwork with newer options.

Cleaning HVAC ductwork
We want to take a moment to focus on ductwork health. Just as you vacuum your carpets, your ductwork should be cleaned by a professional at least once a year. Otherwise, dirt, dust, and debris can build up in your lines. It might not be necessary to replace your ductwork if it simply needs a cleaning…

When HVAC ductwork should be replaced
…although age is a factor. Ductwork is designed to last at least 10-15 years. However, if yours is older than that and you’re experiencing any of the issues we’ve mentioned, you may be due for more than just a cleaning. It may be time to completely replace your HVAC ductwork. The best way to determine if your HVAC ductwork should be replaced is by working with a professional and having them perform an inspection.

Start your quote for HVAC replacement ductwork
Are you experiencing any of the issues we’ve described? Whether your energy bills have skyrocketed, your allergies seem off the charts, or your system is noisier than expected, we can help you decide if your HVAC ductwork should be replaced.

Would you like a free quote for our services? Let us know! You can get started with your online estimate by visiting our free tool HERE or by giving us a call at 801-980-0903.

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