Your HVAC system is more than the unit outside and the unit inside the home. There is the duct system in addition to these parts. The duct system is the HVAC’s circulatory system. The ductwork carries the hot or cool air around the home. Much like your own circulatory system, the duct system needs to be kept in top working condition with little to no problems.
If your duct system is not working properly, it can be a serious issue for your home’s heating and cooling. In fact, not keeping the ductwork in good repair can make a significant difference in your home utility bill as wasted warm and cool air is pumped into wasted space. What are some signs the ductwork needs repair? Keep reading to find out.
Hot and cold spots in the home
Is one room in your home cool and the other a sub-tropical rain forest? Perhaps another room is a frozen tundra and the other Death Valley. If this is the case or something similar, there is a strong chance you have leaking ductwork somewhere in the home. This is something that will need immediate attention!
Duct systems expand and contract depending on the air flow through the HVAC system. The odd pop heard when the system kicks on is normal as this is the changing shape of the duct system. This should only occur once. Louder, more rattling and shaking noises as the air is flowing means something is amiss and should be checked by a professional.
Imagine leaving a door open in the dead of summer or winter while your HVAC system is running. This is the equivalent of taking money and throwing it in the toilet. The HVAC system is a closed system and is designed to heat and cool a certain space only. When this system is breached, the HVAC works harder to heat and cool. A broken duct system will cause your utility bill to rise significantly.
We at Air Dynamics Heating & AC are quite familiar with duct issues in addition to our regular HVAC care. In fact, we recommend regular maintenance with your HVAC system in addition to your duct system. Contact us if you are experiencing any issues with your duct system or HVAC unit.