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HVAC Problems: Are Your Ducts to Blame?

Monday, December 4th, 2017

interior-of-corrugated-ductIt does not matter if you’re talking about one of the hottest days of summer or the chilliest night of our admittedly-mild winter season—you need to know that your HVAC systems are going to be there for you when you need them. Unfortunately, even a great installation and routine maintenance will not guarantee that your HVAC systems always function exactly as they ought to. There are a lot of different issues that could negatively affect the overall performance of your heating and air conditioning systems, after all.

In fact, some of these problems don’t even stem from the heating or AC units themselves. If you use a forced-air heating and/or cooling system, then the very ductwork that those systems use to distribute conditioned air throughout the house could be the source of the problem. If you are experiencing trouble with your home comfort systems, you need only dial our number to work with some of the finest Garner, NC HVAC professionals around.

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Why Is Duct Replacement Sometimes Necessary?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The job of your ductwork seems pretty straightforward. A large fan sucks air into the air handler or furnace via a blower fan and the return grille. Air comes in through the return ducts, and the same fan blows conditioned air through the supply ducts and into your home. However, designing the ductwork for efficient airflow throughout a home is not as simple as it may seem. Proper duct design is paramount to an efficient home or building, and a poor design can cause HVAC equipment to break down prematurely and cause quite a bit of discomfort.

If it seems like the heater or air conditioner in your home breaks down constantly, it may be the case that your ducts are not well-designed. When there is a flaw in your ducts—making it difficult for heated or cold air to make it into the living space—the air conditioner has to work a lot harder to maintain the temperature, forcing some vital component to become overworked. Unfortunately, this is a problem in the majority of homes; according to an estimate by the U.S. Department of Energy, duct leaks, poor insulation and other design flaws may account for 30% of air loss in a typical home.

There are a couple of problems that may lead to duct replacement, while others only need a simple repair. Usually, small leaks and cracks can simply be sealed using professional materials (NOT standard duct tape, which could present a fire hazard). Professionals have the right sealants and tapes to repair leaks safely, but sometimes a minor leak is not the only problem.

Ducts should be designed in the most efficient way possible, with few twists and turns that could potentially interfere with airflow. They should also be as resistant to heat loss as possible, which sometimes means placing them in conditioned areas of your home. If your ducts are prone to collapsing, or if an expert finds that you are spending far more money on heating and air conditioning than is necessary, ductwork replacement may be necessary. This is especially true if your heating and air conditioning system is suffering as a result of faulty installation, which could be because the ductwork is too large or small for the size of the home and the necessary heating or cooling load.

At Raleigh Heating & Air, our experts are trained to recognize what kinds of problems need sealing and when to recommend professional duct replacement for your home in Cary, NC. Call us today for a thorough assessment of your ducts and the energy efficiency of your home.

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Signs That You Need Duct Replacement

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Ductwork is an integral part of an air conditioning system. With excellent maintenance, ductwork can last 30 years or longer, but at some point, whether from age, damage or natural wear and tear, you may need to replace it. Raleigh Heating & Air specializes in sheet metal fabrication, so we can create custom ductwork for virtually any home; we also offer DuctMate products. With over 20 years of experience, Raleigh Heating & Air is the company to call for all your ductwork needs.

Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Ductwork

There are some typical signs that it may be time replace some, or all, of your ductwork:

  • High energy bills – one of the most common signs that your ductwork is faulty is rising energy bills. This is due to significant air loss from cracks, holes and disconnections in your ductwork. When you lose cool air from faulty ductwork, your air conditioner has to make up for the loss, which makes it work harder. And anytime your AC has to work harder, it uses more energy.
  • Noticeable dust and dirt blowing into your home – if you see dust and dirt blowing from your vents or noticing a significant build-up on your furniture and household belongings, this can indicate that particles are being drawn into your system from the outside through cracks and holes in your ductwork.
  • Unpleasant odors – ductwork can be a great place for biological growths like mold and mildew. These contaminants need cool, dark and moist places to thrive, and ductwork can provide the perfect environment. If you smell a musty odor every time your AC cycles on, it could be an indication of mold or mildew growth in your ducts.
  • Poor installation – if you have always struggled with your ductwork’s performance, and the metal or plastic of the ductwork is in good shape, you may be dealing with a poorly installed ductwork system that can cost money in monthly energy bills and compromise your comfort.

The ductwork in your home is the delivery system for your warm and cool air; if it is faulty in any way, it can affect your entire household. If it’s time for duct replacement in your Cary, NC home, call the experts you can rely on: Raleigh Heating & Air.

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