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Four Common Problems With Your Ductwork

It’s a sweltering day in Palm Beach County, and that means homeowners are turning to their air conditioners for some much needed relief. However, imagine for a second that you head to your thermostat, flip your system on, hear everything turn on as normal, but after 30 to 45 minutes you notice that your home doesn’t feel any cooler. In fact, certain rooms feel like they’ve received almost no cool air whatsoever. Holding your hand up to the vent, you notice that the airflow coming from the vent is extremely weak, to the point where it’s practically non-existent.

Does this mean there’s something seriously wrong with your HVAC system? Well, not exactly. In fact, with everything else working just fine, the problem isn’t with your air conditioner, but more than likely lies in the duct system that carries the conditioned air throughout your home. Even a small problem in your duct system could cause some serious issues with your air conditioner or furnace’s functionality, and it’s important to have a professional inspect your ducts to make sure they’re in good condition.

Here are four fairly common ductwork issues and some signs that you might be dealing with them.

Ducts Are Too Large

What happens when you attach a large-capacity fire hose to a typical garden tap? As you might imagine, the pressure through the hose is extremely minimal, and it could take a really long time for the hose to fill up with enough water for it to start flowing out the nozzle on the other end. The same thing happens when your ducts are too large for your HVAC system: your system can’t output enough air to build up consistent pressure in your ducts, and thus the air struggles to travel throughout your home.

This problem isn’t all that common and usually only happens after replacing your HVAC system completely, if you replace it with one that’s the wrong size. This is just one reason why it’s extremely important to consult with a Palm Beach County HVAC professional when selecting a replacement system: getting one that’s the wrong size can have disastrous consequences.

Vents Are Misplaced

The positioning of the vents in your home can greatly influence just how effective your HVAC system is at controlling the temperature. However, the overwhelming majority of contractors and architects are not HVAC professionals, and thus we find they often put the vents in extremely ineffective spots. Contractors should put vents along exterior walls and near windows for best results and maximum heating or cooling, but far too often you find vents in a spot that keeps the ductwork short.

There are two ways to fix this problem. First, you can have an HVAC professional move your vents to a better location to improve efficiency and maximize your results. Second, if moving the vent isn’t a possibility, you may be able to install additional vents to encourage greater airflow and better results.

Mold & Mildew Growth

Mold and mildew can cause everything from foul odors to health problems, and vents constructed from carbon-based materials like wood or drywall are prime locations. Not only do people rarely inspect the inside of their vents, but these organic-material air pathways often feature the three things mold needs to grow and spread: a food source, protection from harsh light, and moisture.

Getting the mold out of your vents can be tricky, but isn’t impossible. A professional duct cleaning service can scrub mold colonies away, and most will also include an anti-microbial surface coating that prevents mold spores from attaching, taking root, and continuing to spread. Likewise, replacing your ducts with those constructed from a metal material can also prevent mold from growing.

Air Ducts Are Leaking

Over time, air ducts can wear out, grow old, and develop leaks. Whether the leak is where two segments of ductwork connect or found in the middle of a duct run, even a small leak can cause tremendous air and energy loss, making it harder for your HVAC system to cool your home on a hot day or heat it when it’s cold outside. Furthermore, a collapsed section of ductwork can block off an entire section of your home, preventing it from receiving any air at all.

When this happens, you’ll need to replace that section of your ductwork to clear away the blockage and re-seal the leak. A highly-trained HVAC professional can provide you with pro-grade materials and reliable service to ensure the job gets done right.

Call the Palm Beach County HVAC team from Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC at (888) 660-4337 to request a service quote today!