Most Common Duct Problems In Your Home

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Air ducts are like the arteries of your home. They keep the air flowing and help keep the temperatures comfortable. Air ducts also help ventilate your home. When there is a problem with the ducts you may experience higher heating and cooling costs and notice a change in the air quality. Many homes may have air duct issues, and the inhabitants may not even know it. 

Here are some of the most common duct problems found in homes. 

Improperly Installed Ductwork

An air duct specialist can audit your ductwork if you notice issues with it. A fairly common problem that is found when your air ducts aren’t working is that they were never installed properly to begin with. 

Whether a contractor cut corners or a handyman really didn’t know what he was doing, many air ducts are not properly installed. The average duct system is only 57% efficient in most homes, according to the National Comfort Institute. If the ductwork isn’t installed properly, airflow will be inefficient, making everything your HVAC work harder.


Leaky ductwork is also a common problem in many homes. Over time, the seals on your ductwork can come apart, resulting in air leaks both leaving the ducts and coming into the ducts. By having an air duct specialist come into your home to re-seal the ductwork, you can make your systems run properly. 

Another problem that can happen is when the ductwork connections and registers are not sealed. When this occurs, air can escape, increasing your heating and cooling costs.

Damaged Ductwork

A lot of ductwork is made of plastic, which can easily be damaged. Crushed, torn, and twisted ductwork can restrict airflow, causing airflow problems, and increasing your heating and cooling costs. 

An air duct specialist can inspect your entire ductwork system and find any damaged ductwork that needs replacing. Sometimes ductwork is damaged upon installation. Other times it can happen when items in the attic are pushed up against ductwork crushing it.

Dirty Air Ducts

The air quality in your home can be greatly affected by dirty air ducts. Dust, pollutants, and germs can get expelled into your home over and over again. In addition, when your air ducts are dirty, they won’t be able to function properly. Getting your air ducts cleaned regularly can help with efficiencies and make the air in your home healthier. 

Under Insulated Ducts

Ducts that have missing or inadequate insulation can result in higher energy costs. Cool air can escape in the summer months, and in the winter months, cold air can seep into your home. An air duct specialist can easily add insulation into your ducts, getting them working at an optimal level again. 

Air Duct Solutions for Your Home

Whether your home has torn ductwork, missing ductwork, or some other common problem, our air duct specialists can give you a free consultation and offer you a quote on how to get your air ducts functioning properly again. Our technicians are fully trained in air duct restoration, and our services are 100% guaranteed. Contact us today to have an air duct specialist come to your home. 

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