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3 Signs There Is an Issue in Your Air Ducts

Learn more about the top three signs of air duct problems with your air conditioner.

When your air conditioner is having problems, you want to get down to the root of the issue right away so that you can get it fixed. The problem with that is your air conditioner is a very complex system with a lot of components that have to work together. It could be anyone or a combination of things that are wrong.

The good news is, when your air ducts are to blame for AC problems, there are some clear-cut signs. If you suspect that you need air duct repair, our team is here to help. You can keep reading to learn more about the top three signs of air duct problems with your air conditioner.

Heating Unusual Sounds

Many air ducts are made out of a flexible metal material. It is normal to occasionally hear sounds coming from your air ducts if temperatures are changing and the air ducts expand or contract with these changes. However, you should not hear sounds persistently coming from your air ducts all the time.

If you want to determine whether sounds are coming from your air ducts or other parts of your air conditioner system, you can get close to an air vent and listen. If the sound seems to be coming from beyond the air vent, your air ducts are likely to blame. You could also go into your attic or basement where your air ducts are located to get a closer look. If you hear any rustling, rattling, or a sound that is metal on metal, you have a problem with your air ducts. If your air ducts have tiny holes that are allowing air to escape, you may also hear a hissing or whistling sound.

Uneven Cooling

Your air ducts have a specific design that fits the unique needs of your home's layout. This means that each room of your house should receive equal cooling so that the temperature is consistent in every space. If you have one room that is significantly cooler or warmer than other areas of your home, there’s definitely a problem with your air ducts.

Water Damage

If your home has sustained any water damage like a leaky roof or a busted pipe, that water can also impact your ductwork. If water gets anywhere around your ductwork, it can lead to rusting. The problem with this is that ductwork damage does not happen instantly as it does with wood, drywall, or insulation. Rust can develop slowly over time and corrode your ductwork, leading to air loss. 

Even if you don’t notice any immediate effects with your ductwork following a roof leak or busted pipe, you should still have your ductwork checked out. Our team of experts can look closely and identify damage before it gets to the point of causing problems for your home. We can clean inside and around your ductwork to remove any moisture and replace parts that were affected by the water damage.

Contact Chase Heating and Cooling today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We're "Keeping Homes Comfortable In All Seasons."