Depending on the age of your home, and the type of ductwork you have, it may be time to re-evaluate your current installation. If you have solid ducts, and notice any of these signs, it may be worthwhile to weigh all the options for cleaning, repair, or replacement. You may want to weigh the cost of cleaning and sealing, and possibly re-supporting the old ducts in comparison to putting in new ductwork. If you already have flexible ductwork, it may be as easy to replace as to try to seal the current ducts. Here are the signs of ductwork issues that will signal the need for further investigation.
- INCONSISTENT TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE HOME: The thing that usually grabs the attention of the homeowner is the change in temperatures from one area of the home to another. If you are starting to kick the furnace on for those chilly nights, and still find that the family room is cold, it is time to investigate the cause. Lost air between the furnace and the family room could be due to several causes, but the easy ones to look for are obvious leaks at joints, or holes.
- THE FURNACE OR AIR CONDITIONING CYCLES MORE FREQUENTLY: If the furnace just shut off, and is suddenly back on again, then it is time to check the ductwork. If the airflow has changed, the furnace may be cycling more to keep the temperature consistent.