When to Replace Ductwork and an HVAC System Together

When to Replace Ductwork and an HVAC System Together

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An efficient HVAC system is worth every penny homeowners spend on them. They are major investments which give great dividends over the years. Heating and cooling systems contribute to almost half of homeowners’ energy spending throughout the year. Therefore, it is important to make sure all equipment is running at peak performance.

This includes not only the furnace or air conditioner but also the ductwork which delivers the energy to every room in the home. Our NATE-certified technicians help you determine if the HVAC unit and ductwork in your home are running properly or if it’s time for an upgrade.

Signs Your HVAC System and Ductwork Need Replacement

If you have the HVAC system checked, it’s wise to have the ductwork examined at the same time. The HVAC unit and ductwork are a team and each depends on the other for high efficiency.

The signs below appear when both the HVAC system and the ductwork need to be replaced together:

Age of the HVAC System and the Ductwork

If the heat pump or air conditioner is older than 10 years, or if the furnace or boiler is older than 15 years, the HVAC system should be replaced. This also holds true for the ductwork.

If the ductwork is older than 15 years, it should also be changed. Significant issues such as gaps, leaks, and poor connections in the ductwork cause HVAC systems to work harder.

When this happens, the equipment then requires repairs earlier and more often. Your system will not run at peak performance.

High Utility Bills

Older ductwork often is installed in unconditioned areas of the home, such as unheated attics, garages, and basements.

As the heated or cool air moves from the HVAC system to the home’s rooms, the older ducts can lose up to 30 percent of their efficiency.

If the ducts have leaks or gaps, the percentage increases. Replacing and moving ductwork into conditioned areas of the home reduces the high utility bills and allows the new HVAC system to do its job cost-effectively.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Older ductwork often has gaps, leaks, and poor connections. The dust and pollen can be overwhelming and push past the HVAC unit’s filters. The dust and pollen then enter into the HVAC system causing poor indoor air quality that can damage the system and is pushed into every room in the home.

These leaks can also increase the chance of mold growing in the ductwork. Any mold in your unit damages the HVAC system and causes unpleasant smells.

Families also experience more health problems from the mold, including increased allergies, asthma issues and respiratory infections.

HVAC System Professionals in Atlanta: Estes Services

The investment of a new HVAC system coupled with the installation of proper ductwork ensures the new system will last much longer and the homeowner will be provided with cleaner, indoor air quality.  Speak to an Estes Services technician and schedule an appointment today.