Although you may not notice them or think about them often, the air ducts in your household serve an important function. Primarily, they create the pathway that your heating and cooling systems use to circulate air and keep you comfortable. However, when your ductwork is damaged, your HVAC system becomes unable to do its jobs as effectively. Fortunately, if you know the signs of damaged ductwork, you can notice problems before they have time to cost you a lot of money or cause you much discomfort.
1. Rattling or Whistling Noise
If you’ve noticed that you’re hearing strange rattling or whistling sounds when your HVAC system is running, it could mean that the joints connecting your ducts are damaged. These joints are made from plastic or fiberglass, and when they’re damaged, they’ll not only allow air to escape and contaminants to enter, but they’ll also create these unusual noises.
2. Inconsistent Heating or Cooling
Your home’s ductwork runs through different parts of your house and connects to the air vents in various rooms. Hot or cold air from your HVAC system will run through these ducts, but if a certain section of ductwork is damaged, it may affect the amount of conditioned air that reaches certain parts of the residence. If you’re noticing that your heating or cooling seems inconsistent, it could be an indicator of a leak or damage somewhere in your ductwork.
3. Mold or Mildew Smell
If there’s a problem with the insulation or connections of your ductwork, it can result in the growth of mold or mildew, which can be damaging to both your health and your home. When outside moisture finds its way into the ducts or when uneven temperatures create moisture from condensation, it creates the environment that these fungi need to grow. If you’re noticing that distinct musty odor and aren’t sure where it’s coming from, consider having your ductwork inspected.
Since 1987, HighRidge Home Services & Construction has been a reliable provider of heating, cooling, ductwork, and water heater services for the El Paso, TX, area. Our focus is on integrity, and we take pride in doing every job right the very first time. For more information, contact us at HighRidge Home Services & Construction today.