Hollis, NH Homeowner Looks for Help
Ductwork that is in poor condition or that has leaks can have a big impact on your home’s HVAC unit, leading to inefficiencies that will cost you money. You can easily identify a problem by checking a room’s vents for the level of airflow. If there are inconsistencies in the flow from one vent to another, there is likely a problem with the ductwork. A piece of the ductwork may be loose or disconnected, causing some of the air to be lost before it is delivered to the room.
A homeowner in Hollis had noticed that the air flow in her bedroom was very weak coming from one vent. Unsure of what the problem could be, she contacted Joyce Cooling & Heating.
Common Signs of Ductwork Damage
It can be easy to overlook ductwork damage unless you know the signs. If you hear an unusual sound, whistling or humming, when the HVAC unit turns on and off this can indicate a problem in the ductwork. Unbalanced temperature, despite the same thermostat setting, can also show an energy efficiency that may be caused by damaged ducts. Keep an eye out for warm or cold spots in the home to easily identify the source of the problem.
How Ducts Can Become Damaged
Your home’s ductwork is usually protected by walls and crawlspaces, keeping it safe from damage. However, if you are doing home improvement projects that involve access to the ductwork, from tearing down walls to electrical wiring, the ductwork will be more vulnerable and may become damaged during this work. Other factors that can cause ducts to become damaged include animals accessing the area, the age of the ducts and normal wear and tear over time. It isn’t uncommon for cracked or ripped seams to occur in the ducts. This can allow dust to collect in the area and let air unintentionally escape. This type of damage also increases the workload demands on the entire HVAC unit, which can significantly reduce its lifespan.
A Joyce Cooling & Heating technician was able to identify the problem as cracked ductwork and make the necessary repairs to ensure that the Hollis homeowner’s HVAC system is now running properly.