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How Do I Know if My Ducts Need Cleaning?

March 20, 2024 | Blog

Recognize The Signs Of Dirty Air Ducts In Your Home

When it comes to your AC system, it’s easy to think of it as an autonomous appliance. In reality, keeping your air conditioner running requires a lot of HVAC maintenance. Several components of the system need to be inspected and cleaned regularly to ensure that your AC runs efficiently and without issue — including the ductwork.

Your home’s air ducts can collect a lot of dust, hair and other debris over time, which can lead to poor air quality and inefficient cooling. That’s why you may need to get them cleaned every few years. But how do you know if your air ducts need to be cleaned? The experts at Barker’s Heating & Cooling have compiled a list of signs that you need your ductwork cleaned.

Dusty Duct Dilemma: Is It Time For Cleaning?

The state of your home’s ducts plays an important role in both indoor air quality and HVAC system efficiency. Regular duct cleaning addresses visible issues like mold and debris and promotes a healthier living space.

If you’re unsure about the condition of your ductwork, start by taking a moment to inspect your vent covers and return air registers. While they’ll likely look pretty clean from the outside, you may find that the inside of the vent covers is full of dust and debris.

This is a good indicator of the rest of your ductwork because any black dust around the air vents came from within the HVAC system. You can also take this opportunity to shine a flashlight into the air ducts and assess their condition.

Airflow Woes: Restoring Efficiency Through Duct Cleaning

As a homeowner, you’re probably aware that you’re supposed to change your HVAC system’s air filter regularly. While this task can be easy to forget, it’s also an essential part of keeping dust and debris out of the system in the first place.

You should check your standard air filter monthly and replace it as needed — typically every one to three months. If you check your air filter and it’s completely clogged with dust, there’s likely more debris that has already made it into the ductwork.

Dust Buildup On HVAC Parts: Signs Of Trouble And Solutions

Your HVAC system may be largely invisible to you, but there are a couple of places you can see that will tell you how clean the entire system is. You may need to remove a couple of panels to do so, but take a look at your furnace blower motor — which also runs when the AC is on — and the evaporator coils.

If these parts are covered in dust, you’ve got quite a bit of buildup in your ductwork. The more debris there is, the worse of a problem you have! Turn your system off and take steps to perform an HVAC system cleaning by wiping away any dust. To address duct concerns, contact our team!

Other Signs Of Dirty Air Ducts

While visible dust and dirt are the biggest indicators that your ductwork needs to be cleaned, you may need to schedule services for other reasons, including:

  • Mold growth
  • Unexplained allergies or respiratory issues
  • Insect or vermin infestation
  • Mildew or musty odors
  • Post-renovation cleanup

If it’s time for your ductwork cleaning, call Barker’s Heating & Cooling — the College Station air conditioning pros — for an inspection.

Barker’s Heating & Cooling: College Station’s Trusted Choice

Whether prompted by noticeable signs or as part of routine maintenance, investing in professional duct cleaning ensures the longevity of your HVAC system and the well-being of your household. From eliminating allergens to restoring optimal airflow, the benefits are manifold.

Breathe easier, enhance energy efficiency and enjoy a cleaner, healthier home with the simple yet impactful practice of regular duct maintenance. Contact Barker’s Heating & Cooling today for more information or to request your service!

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