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Is it time to Replace your HVAC or Air Conditioning Ducting?

April 1, 2013

Your Air Conditioning Ducting – Is it replacement time?

Spring is the perfect time for home renovation projects. The weather is ideal, the costs are good, and you’re probably already doing a little spring cleaning anyway, right?

While you’re looking for home improvement projects this year, don’t search any further than your existing air conditioning ducting. If your home uses duct-based heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and you don’t perform annual maintenance, you could be tossing money out the window and exposing your family to harmful toxins.

Read more below to find out if it’s finally time to replace your air conditioning ducting.

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If it Looks Like a Duct…

Usually, the first hint that homeowners get that tells them its time to replace air conditioning ducting is the increased cost of heating or cooling their homes. If you see a higher energy bill, but the price you pay and the amount of power you use have remained constant, then you may have faulty ducting.

There are a few reasons your ducts could be in ill repair: cracks, holes, or other separations, and dust, grime, or other obstructions restricting airflow.  Poor sealing and installation practices are another. These issues create higher energy bills for you.

Address these things as soon as possible; in fact, they should be taken care of before anything bad ever happens with preventative maintenance performed by professional air conditioning ducting technicians each spring.

But even annual upkeep can’t fight all the problems that occur, either due to old age or average wear and tear. Let’s look at what dangers can result from letting these problems go unchecked for too long.

And it Smells Like a Duct…

Mold—it’s perhaps the worst thing that can happen to your duct system. You’ll notice a moldy or musty smell coming from the vents in your walls.

Mold can form when holes or cracks in ducting release hot air into a cold environment, like the walls of your home. Picture an airplane ascending into the sunset: those white streaks you see left behind are condensation with no place to go. Around your ducts, that condensation collects on the wood behind your drywall. And that’s bad.

Moldy wood breeds lots of harmful toxins, as well as fungus—as in full-grown mushrooms. These toxins are pushed through your air conditioning ducting into all the rooms of your home, including your bedrooms. In addition to toxins, moldy wood is weak and porous and can invite even more problems over time, like termites, carpenter ants, and other pests.

Worst of all? You’re paying extra for that. Since a duct system with holes, cracks, rust or obstructions isn’t performing to peak efficiency, it will cost more for that inefficient system to maintain the temperature you set on your thermostat.

…Then it Must be Time to Replace That Duct!

The answer to all these problems is simple: replacement of your air conditioning ducting. It’s a necessary process in most cases, especially if you fear mold contamination or major leaks.

The benefits to new ducting are many: increased efficiency and lower costs; clean, fresh air instead of musty, toxic air; quieter airflow without obstructions; and the knowledge that you’re maintaining your home’s value instead of letting it decay from the inside out.

As a matter of fact, you may experience some of these benefits even if you don’t see any of the problems. If you are planning a home remodel or major construction that will alter the layout of your rooms, a new duct installation is an ideal solution to ensure each living space is receiving the correct amount of ventilation and air conditioning.

If you suspect that you have any problems that are causing your ducts to act abnormally or undersupply you with cool or warm air, call Bob Jenson’s expert technicians right away. We can come to your home at your convenience and conduct a thorough inspection of your ducts to see what problems exist and talk with you about the best course of action to take.

Many times old air conditioning ducting can be replaced quickly and easily, our friendly team will gladly help you get your duct installation up and running. Bob Jenson is known for their professional San Diego duct installation, and we have been since 1977.

Call today to find out how easy it can be to replace your HVAC ducting. Remember, now is the time for spring cleaning, so don’t wait to call!

About The Author

Bob Jenson

For over 45 years, Bob Jenson has been providing quality heating and air services to the San Diego community.

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