The ducts are the veins of your HVAC system, supplying air to all parts of your Hampstead, NC, home. If these ductwork sustains damage, it loses conditioned air, leading to a handful of serious problems. Here are three ways that ducts get damaged and what you can do to avoid them:
Age of the Ductwork
The material of the ductwork grows brittle with repeated use. Segments of the ductwork exposed to impact, especially parts passing through the attic, will weaken over time and may finally collapse. You can ensure that the ductwork stays intact after many years by not setting anything on top of it.
Ductwork can last between 20 and 25 years. After that, you need to replace it.
Animals seek hideout in your ductwork when it’s hot or cold outside. The ducts are an ideal shelter for the animals, thanks to their warmth in the winter months and their coolness in the hot months. Some animals that crawl into the ductwork don’t find a way back out, and they end up dead inside.
Dead animals not only block ductwork, but they also produce a pungent smell. You need to have a service tech seal the ductwork completely to protect it from damages from animals.
Dirt and particulate build up in the ducts. Although these items may not cause any physical damage to the ducts immediately, they can block them, forcing the HVAC system to work harder. Some of these particles are agents of corrosion and rust, and they end up damaging the ducts.
If these ducts don’t undergo routine maintenance from professional service techs, they may sustain damage. The service tech will see damages before they exacerbate and correct them.
At Pleasant Air Inc., we offer comprehensive HVAC services, including installation, repair and maintenance. Contact us today for help you with duct cleaning and maintenance to ensure your ductwork serves you long enough.
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