5 Signs Your Air Duct Needs Cleaning or Repair

Soquel Air-QualityA home’s air ducts are an often overlooked part of home maintenance. Just like any other part of the home, the ducts can become dirty, worn, and in need of cleaning or repair.

Homeowners should be alert to the following signs indicating it is time to contact an HVAC professional.

5 Signs Your Air Duct Needs Cleaning or Repair

  1. There are visible signs of mold and excess humidity. Mold is particularly problematic in warm humid climates. Signs of mold and moisture around vents and registers indicate it is time to contact an HVAC professional.
  2. There are visible signs of damage or poor workmanship. Homeowners should call for an evaluation if exposed ducts show cracks or areas that are poorly aligned or sealed.
  3. The home is over 50 years old. Asbestos can still be found in the ducts of some older homes. A homeowner should request an evaluation of their ducts if they live in an older home and are unsure if there may still be asbestos.
  4. There are visible signs of excess debris or there has been a recent remodel. Finding increased dust and dirt around vents and registers, or having to change filters more often than normal, indicate it is time to clean the ducts. Remodels also create a tremendous amount of dust which can accumulate in the air ducts. Homeowners should consider cleaning their air ducts after any remodeling project.
  5. There are cold or hot spots in the home. The HVAC system should keep the entire house at a consistent temperature. An area that is much warmer or colder than the rest of the house can indicate a problem with the ducts.

Soquel Air-Duct-CleaningWhat Are The Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning?

Routine air duct cleaning increases the efficiency and lifespan of an HVAC system and reduces operating costs. Cleaning improves the home’s air quality and may reduce certain symptoms such as allergies.

How Much Does Air Duct Cleaning Cost?

The exact cost varies with the size of the home. The average 2000 square foot home usually runs anywhere from $300 to $600.

Tips for Hiring an HVAC Professional

Homeowners should make sure they hire someone who is licensed and bonded. They should also consider references and experience. It is also helpful to get several estimates before settling on a particular HVAC professional.

Not feeling the fresh, clean air in your Soquel home? Call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air at (831) 477-7150, and feel good again in your home.