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HVAC Problems: Could Your Ductwork be to Blame for Uneven Heating?

HVAC Problems: Could Your Ductwork be to Blame for Uneven Heating?

Being a homeowner means keeping on top of all the maintenance issues of your home, including those that go unseen and thus are not uppermost in your mind. The ductwork is one example of something that can cause problems without your realizing it. Uneven heating is one sign that there may be some issues with your ductwork, and the first place you may notice it is with increasing utility usage for seemingly standard applications.

Even though ductwork would seem to be impervious to trouble, it isn’t. Over time, it can wear down, especially in the joints between the sections. This results in leaks, so all that warm air is going elsewhere instead of to the rooms it is needed. This means your HVAC system has to work even harder to maintain the temperature you have the thermostat set for, and it might not be able to keep up, resulting in uneven heating. Even if you don’t experience uneven temperatures, you are still paying extra for your utility costs.

If your home is fairly new, you may not think that the ductwork is to blame for your poor heating results. However, even though the ductwork is new, that doesn’t mean it was well designed or insulated properly. Additionally, if you have changed the layout of your floorplan in any way, it may be necessary to revise your ductwork system to accommodate these changes.

A good HVAC contractor, with HVAC installation and maintenance experience, can make repairs to old, worn-out ductwork. He/she should be able to quickly diagnose the problem and offer you the right solution for your situation.

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