When the air ducts in your home are in need of repair and aren’t performing properly, it isn’t always noticeable to the untrained eye. This is mainly because your HVAC air ducts are typically located either in your attic, or in your crawlspace – depending on how your house was built. However, there are other ways of identifying that your ducts are causing issues with the performance of your HVAC system that you can be on the lookout for.
Now more than ever, homeowners are thinking twice about the indoor air quality in their homes. With so many places out in public at risk to be exposed to airborne diseases, your home is the last place you want to be exposed to unhealthy air. That is why in this article, we are going to show you 4 common signs you need air duct repair.
One of the most common signs of needed air duct repair is built up dirt and dust around the air vents in your home. Most air vents are either located in the ceiling or on the floor, depending on how your HVAC system in configured. When you notice dirt on your air vents, this is a clear sign that your ducts have been compromised!
If you spot dirt or dust on or around your vents, your family may be getting exposed to:
The side effects of these elements blowing through your system and into the air you breathe can be costly to not only your utility bills – but also your health. Typically, dust and debris is caught in the air filters that you change frequently. But by spotting dirt around your vents, this means that these elements are getting into your HVAC system, which can result in costly repairs if not treated properly.
If you notice dirt or dust on your air vents, contact Hybrid Air to come take a look. Our team will help find the cause of the problem and identify a solution!
Here in south Hampton Roads, we have certain seasons where homeowners can naturally expect seasonal spikes in utility bills. Typically, this occurs during the heat of summer (when you are running your AC system more often) and in the winter (when you are running your heating system more often).
But if your utility bills seems abnormally high during other times of the year, or is much higher than comparable months in previous years, this may be an indication that your air ducts aren’t performing properly. As a result, the system is having to work harder to cool/heat your home to the desired temperature.
An easy way to spot this is to go up into your attic or crawlspace and feel the air. For example, if you are running your AC system, and the climate in your attic is cooler than the rest of the house, then you mostly likely have ripped or leaking ducts – which is causing the air to flow into the attic or crawlspace, instead of to the vents.
In a perfect world, when your system is running, all of your rooms should feel the same. If your air ducts are working properly, all of your rooms should be receiving an even amount of air flow. An easy way to check this is to go around to each of your vents in the home and place your hand or foot over the vent to feel the air flow. If one or more vents are not receiving the same amount of air coming out, this may be a sign that you have ripped or disconnected ducts.
Additionally, if you have built up dust or debris in your ducts, as mentioned in the first section of this article, you may be experiencing blockage in a particular duct that is preventing air from flowing to that room.
Poor air flow can occur for a few different reasons. Some of the causes of low air flow can be:
If your ducts are oversized, undersized, or improperly installed, these issues can occur more commonly. When this happens, the air flow can be over or underpowered, which results in poor performance in the way the air is delivered throughout the home.
If you are in need of Virginia Beach duct repair services, contact us today! We are experienced, local HVAC professionals that are ready to help you experience total home comfort and provide a breath of fresh air. Now more than ever, it is crucial to be cognizant of the air you are breathing and exposing your family to. If your ducts are ripped, improperly sized, or not working properly, our trained technicians can save the day! Contact our office at (757) 436-3749, or request service online today.