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Do You Need Repairs or a Replacement For Your Ductwork?

Learn more about when ductwork can be repaired versus when it needs to be replaced.

If you are experiencing issues with your air conditioner that point back to your system of ductwork, you may be weighing repair versus replacement. Replacing all of the ductwork in your home can be a big project to take on, so how do you know when your ductwork is beyond repair?

The short answer is that it takes an expert AC technician to inspect your ductwork and identify whether or not it can be repaired. Our team is here to help with air duct repair in West Linn. You can keep reading to learn more about when ductwork can be repaired versus when it needs to be replaced.

Ductwork Age

The top factor that we take into consideration when inspecting your ductwork is the overall age. Most ductwork can last longer than your AC unit. In fact, with proper care, it could last through several AC units. You may have even had some ductwork repairs done over the years you’ve lived in your home.

But, there comes a time that ductwork wears down, not necessarily because of use, but just because of age. Materials can be more prone to damage as the years go on, and there may come a point when repairs are just Band-Aids on a larger problem. 


We also assess the amount of damage to your ductwork. We look at holes that are caused by ductwork shifting around, or people and critters moving around near the ductwork. It’s possible that you have rodents in your attic clawing or eating through your ductwork in places. It’s also possible that you have bumped your ductwork when you were up in the attic moving around.

Sometimes, we can patch smaller holes. Other times, we can replace seals where joints are connected or even replace entire sections of ductwork while salvaging your existing ductwork that is still just fine. But if the damage is too extensive, we will recommend a complete replacement. It’s a better choice in the long run when you consider the cost and benefits. 

Mold and Bad Odors

If you have been smelling bad odors that originate from your air vents, there’s a chance that you have mold and mildew developing in your ductwork. Sometimes we are able to wipe your ductwork down and sanitize the surfaces to get rid of mold and mildew. But other times, the damage is bad enough that some or all of your ductwork needs to be replaced.

Ductwork Layout

We also want to consider how the ductwork is laid out in your attic compared to your home floor plan. There’s a chance that the ductwork was not installed correctly, and is not offering optimal airflow for your home. We may be able to make some adjustments to improve airflow, but when we take other factors into consideration, it may make sense to invest in a replacement instead.

Ductwork Alternatives

If it’s time to replace your ductwork, you may want to consider a ductless mini split system instead. It offers all-in-one heating and cooling without the need for ductwork. You can win back some of that space and invest in a more energy-efficient system instead. 

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