Picking out a new HVAC unit is exciting. It’s a lot less exciting when that new unit doesn’t work as expected. Barker’s Heating & Cooling knows how upsetting this failure can be, but don’t worry, we can fix it!
Heating and cooling systems are complex machines with many working parts. This means that there are many potential causes of your new unit’s failure. One part that causes countless issues is the ductwork of your home. Barker’s of Brazos Valley is here to give you some causes and fixes of these common problems.
Ductwork Problems Can Cause HVAC Issues
Most HVAC systems rely on ducts. Ductwork is the system of air ducts and vents throughout your house, and they’re used to direct cooled air through the home. From improper installation to incorrect sizing, there are many duct-related reasons your HVAC can’t cool your home properly. There are a few problems for homeowners to watch out for when thinking of ductwork issues.
Many people blame the central AC unit for odors throughout the home, but your air ducts may actually be to blame. Musty, earthy smells could point to mold and mildew growth in your ducts. This happens when moisture builds up in the ductwork and hasn’t been cleaned.
Another, more unpleasant odor could come from pests. Insects and rodents can make their way into your ducts, and they may leave waste behind. Obviously, this will cause a foul odor to spread through the ducts and home.
Luckily, an HVAC inspection can give you answers for the cause of that smell.
Noisy Air Conditioner
Noisiness is a common complaint with some systems. Many things can cause unusual sounds to come from your HVAC, but air duct issues are common.
If there’s a whistling noise in your unit, your air ducts may be damaged. This could be because of faulty welding, cracks in the material, or other damage. If you’re hearing a popping noise, this could be because of small ductwork. The popping noise can happen when there is a blast of air as the fan is turned on. If your ductwork is too small, it isn’t able to efficiently and quietly distribute the volume of air needed for your home.
Hot And Cold Spots In The House
Does it feel like walking from a refrigerator into an oven when moving through your home? Maybe your living room is muggy, but your bedroom is comfortable and chilled. If this is the case, you may have a leak in your ducts leading to the living room.
An air duct leak causes the cool air to escape through a crack in the duct instead of traveling to the designated room. This causes cooler and warmer rooms throughout your home.
Overworked AC Unit
An overworked HVAC system can show in multiple ways. An overworked unit may be constantly running, needing frequent repairs or causing your house to feel humid. Even though it may seem like your central unit is at fault, it may be your ducts.
Oversized ductwork can lead to these problems and more. If the ducts are too large or too long, your unit needs to work harder to pump more air through the system. This means your central HVAC system is constantly overworked with improper ducts.
How To Fix Ductwork Problems
So, now that you know what may cause your HVAC issues, how can you fix them? Maybe you don’t even know where to begin, but Barker’s Heating & Cooling has your back. We know that Texas weather usually calls for a working HVAC unit, so we want to help homeowners get their systems up and running!
Ductwork DIYs can cause more harm than good. Save yourself the stress, because our technicians can perform these fixes.
Call For A Duct Inspection
If you aren’t sure where to begin with your HVAC problems, call the professionals! A duct inspection can pinpoint exactly what the problem is. Oversized or undersized ductwork? Damaged ducts or unwanted visitors? The experts can give you all the answers.
Professional Duct Cleaning And Maintenance
Things build up in ducts over time, which is why professional cleaning and maintenance are important. They can accumulate mold and mildew, or they can just collect little holes. By repairing and cleaning your ducts, you can reduce stress on your AC unit and keep your air clean.
Duct Modification Services
A poorly designed duct system makes your HVAC unit work harder, and sometimes louder. Whether the ducts are damaged, undersized or oversized, duct modification can fix it. By examining the ducts, examining the airflow and conducting repairs, your damaged ducts will be fixed.
If your ductwork cannot properly cool your home, you may need them to be redesigned. The only way to fix ill-fitted ducts is through replacement. A professional can accurately design and size ducts for your home, and they can install them too!
Brazos Valley Duct Services
Now that you know these common duct issues, you may need professional services. From ill-fitting systems to dirty vents, our technicians can fix it all.
Barker’s Heating & Cooling is proud to offer our high-quality services and expertise to the Brazos Valley, Texas area. We started out with the intention of putting customers first, and we’ve never forgotten it. It’s why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee to all of our customers! We promise that our skilled team will give you the best HVAC services around, because it’s our purpose.
Call today to speak to our friendly staff and schedule an appointment!