6 Common Air Duct Problems

6 Common Air Duct Problems

To be able to heat and cool your home efficiently, you need ductwork that is in healthy condition. Damaged ducts can allow heated or cooled air to escape before actually reaching your home's living spaces. As a result, your HVAC system has to work harder as it tries to attain your desired temperature. Consequently, your energy bills will rise. If you suspect that your home has faulty ductwork, you'll want to call in an HVAC professional to conduct a thorough inspection. Here's a look at six common types of air duct trouble.

Poorly Designed/Installed Ductwork

If you've bought a new home and its air ducts appear to have been improperly installed, then it'll be worth having an HVAC specialist come over to take a look and see if changes need to be made. In many cases, the existing ductwork can be used to correct any mistakes from the previous installation.

Visible Damage

Oftentimes, plastic ductwork becomes twisted or torn. If your ductwork tears, heated/cooled air could slip away before it ever gets the chance to make your living space more comfortable.


When mold takes hold in air ducts, it can then be blown into your home's occupied areas. Obviously, you don't want your family members to breathe in mold, which could pose health concerns.

Air Is Very Dry or Excessively Humid

If your home's air seems especially dry in the winter or damp in the summer, then faulty ductwork could be to blame.

Pest Infestations

Cracks in ductwork provide opportunities for pests, such as rats, to make their home. If you see droppings around your ductwork, then there's a good chance that an infestation is present.

Old Age

After ten years or so, ductwork has a tendency to start wearing down at the joints, seals, and seams. At this point, the system may start to work inefficiently, prompting a need for repair or replacement.

If you need air duct repair, be sure to get in touch with a reputable HVAC professional. For HVAC services in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and throughout the Coachella Valley, contact the experts at PB Mechanical Air Services at (760) 292-3274. Feel free to give PB Mechanical Air Services a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your residential or commercial HVAC needs!

Posted: January 5, 2021

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