If you’re struggling with bad-quality air, including dealing with severe allergies or even negative health effects, you could be dealing with an issue in your ductwork. If you do find that dirty ducts are the issue plaguing your home, you’ll have to decide whether you want to have them cleaned or replace them outright. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice the first time and not waste money on services you don’t need or won’t work.
The first question you should ask is how old your ducts are. Generally, air conditioning ducts should last you between 10 and 15 years before they start experiencing any major issues, and under ideal working conditions they could last quite a bit longer than that. If your ducts are under this age, then replacing them is probably just a waste of time and money, so you should just have them cleaned. However, that’s dependent on the next factor.
What are your ducts are made out of? If your ducts are metal, particularly metal that’s not coated on the inside, they can probably be cleaned pretty easily to get many additional hours of life out of them. However, ducts that are constructed of fiber board, then you’re not so lucky. Fiber board is almost impossible to fully clean, especially if you’re dealing with mold in your air ducts (which is a pretty distinct possibility if you’re also dealing with high in-home humidity). Be more prepared to spend more to replace a duct system if your ducts aren’t made of metal.
The condition of your ducts is also a huge factor on whether or not they can be cleaned. Has a rodent chewed a hole in your ducts in order to gain access? Has a rodent chewed through your duct to gain access? You’ll probably need to replace it to seal the air leak. Has part of your duct collapsed? You’ll need to replace that as well. If your ducts have sustained serious damage, then there’s no point in trying to clean them off and keep them in.Whether you need your ducts cleaned or replaced, trust the Los Angeles duct cleaning crew at JW Heating & Air! Schedule your service or get an estimate by calling (888) 376-1970 today!