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Signs Your Air Ducts Need Repair

Signs Your Air Ducts Need Repair

Air ducts are frequently ignored. Nonetheless, they are arguably the most important parts of a home, circulating air and powering cooling and heating systems. However, for all of the benefits that appropriate ducting provides, there are several problems that may develop from ducts that have been neglected for a long period of time.

Many issues in the home may be linked back to malfunctioning air ducts. Let us go over some of the reasons why air ducts need to be repaired or replaced and what you can do to remedy any air duct problems.


Your air vents work in the same manner that our lungs do. The duct system distributes air, which exits through vents. The same air is then drawn into the system to cool or heat your rooms.

The duct system does this numerous times every day. Dirt and debris from the system or your house are filtered out by the removable filters that should be checked & replaced from time to time. It is important that dust or soil does not reach the HVAC equipment.

It has the ability to break down internal structures, leaving them unusable. If you notice dust and debris accumulating around vents, it’s a clear sign that the filtration system isn’t functioning efficiently. If the build-up returns after a day or two of cleaning the vents, it’s time for a duct inspection.


Every energy cost increases at different periods of the year. Unexpected increases outside of those seasons, on the other hand, are a warning of concern. This indicates that your HVAC system is working harder than usual.

You may check the filters and refrigerant levels, as well as ensure that the fans are rotating smoothly. You should also look for any visible rips or holes in the ducts. However, not all holes will be visible. Grid connections can deteriorate.

Unnoticeable ductwork might be damaged or moved by simply shifting attic storage items. You are unintentionally cooling or heating your attic or basement together with your home.

Your expenses will be doubled as a result of this. Important note: never use duct tape to fix a duct. Contact a professional to better help you with this.


You will hear distinct, strange, and scary noises. Your HVAC systems are large pieces of machinery, and these duct systems are made of heavy metal.

When connections break or when holes form, the corresponding noises will keep you awake at night. Experiment with turning on your system without the inside air handler. If no sounds are coming from the outdoor unit, chances are you’ll need to have your ducts repaired.


Filters for air conditioners or furnaces should last around a month. Ideally, change it every 30 days. Dust and dander can clog your filters faster if you have pets.

However, if you replace them on a regular basis and discover that they clog up faster than normal, your ducts may be the culprit. Too much dust and grime are entering the ductwork. At this point, the best thing to do is nothing and let the professionals do it.


If there is a buildup of dust and debris, it is likely going into your ducts. Open a few panels, and check if the coils and the inner areas of your units are free from dust.

Specks of dust are so tiny, annoying, and clog your HVAC. If there is dust build-up, there’s a high possibility for mold growth.

Mold can grow in areas that are damp, wet, have moisture, and dark. If it is visible in your HVAC system, chances are the spores have already infiltrated your vents and are circulating around your house.

Keeping your home’s air quality as safe and clean as possible should be every homeowner’s priority. Make sure that your ductworks are working properly to minimize costly repairs. Call a professional right away if you find out that the problem is already out of your hand.

For your air duct repair & maintenance, call us to help you. American Attic is the leading company in attic ventilation, insulation, air duct repair & replacement, and more. Schedule an appointment with us today to discover how we can help.

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