As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
The ductwork is an important part of your HVAC system and a defect or damage in it can easily affect the HVAC operation. Here are some of the ways in which a ductwork can affect your HVAC:
Inadequate Heating and Cooling
The most common effects of defective air ducts are that they lead to reduced heating or cooling. This is because it is the ducts that are supposed to supply your rooms with cool or heated air. Therefore, if this air isn't getting delivered, for example, if it's leaking or if it's blocked, your home will be cooler or hotter than it should be depending on the season.
Hot and Cold Spots
Even an efficiently functioning HVAC will not be able to give you the type of heating or cooling you need if the air ducts are malfunctioning. For example, if some ducts are blocked or are leaking air, then the areas they are supposed to service won't receive the necessary cool or heated air. As a result, some parts of the house may be cooler than others; in big rooms, even some parts of the same room may be colder than others.
Accelerated Filter Clogging
The filters are there to clean the air so that the system doesn't get clogged with dust that may hinder its operations; it also ensures you breathe in clean air. Unfortunately, damage in the air ducts may clog your filters faster than usual. This may be the case, for example, if there is a crack in the air duct in an unconditioned place and it is sucking in dirty air. It may also be the case if there is a crack in the ducts through which rodents or insects can get it.
Unusually Noisy HVAC
All HVAC systems make some level of noise during their operations. However, an extremely noisy HVAC means there is a problem with the system. If the problem is in the air ducts, then it may mean that the ducts have tiny holes or cracks in them that are letting air escape, thereby making whistling noises.
Lastly, defective air ducts may also cause a drop in air quality and even a circulation of bad odor throughout the house. This can happen in several ways, for example, it may be the case if there is mold or dead animals in the crawl space, and the air conditioning ducts are picking up their order due to joint damage or cracks.