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How Do Ducts Become Damaged?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Most ductwork is hidden behind walls, attics and crawlspaces, so it can be hard to know when problems have developed. It can also lead you to wonder: how did this happen? Isn’t the ductwork protected by being inside the house? The answer to this is: not always. And while ductwork has a relatively long lifespan – an average of 30 years – this doesn’t mean it stands soundly for 30 years without any problems. So how can ductwork become damaged? Let’s take a look:


Most ductwork is metal, and when metal meets any kind of moisture, it can oxidize the metal, creating rust. Excess moisture can come from leaks, humidity and even rain; the problem is that once the corrosion starts, it can be very hard to stop unless it is caught quickly enough. Rust and corrosion can lead to cracks and holes, which can cause your energy bills to soar, among other problems.


No one likes to think about critters or insects taking up residence in their ductwork, but it does happen, and fairly frequently. Mice, squirrels and raccoons love to hunker down during winter inside areas like ductwork because it’s warm and protected; insects can be worse because they’ll stay year-round. Not only are these infestations unhealthy for you, they are unhealthy for your ductwork as animals and insects create nests, which can damage the inside of your ductwork.


Sections of ductwork can collapse, particularly if there is extensive corrosion that has destroyed the seals. Collapsed ductwork can become bent or dented, and may have to be fully replaced, depending on the level of damage it has sustained.

Damaged ductwork is faulty ductwork, and faulty ductwork isn’t good for you, your home or your heating system. If you are seeing the signs of damaged ductwork, including excess dust, dirt and moisture, strange smells and/or high energy bills, don’t wait to repair your ductwork in Oradell.

Call DB Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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The Consequences of Neglecting Duct Repair

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The ductwork in your home carries cool or warm air through the vents that lead into your home. The ducts are an important part of your HVAC system, yet few people give them much thought. When the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioning system won’t seem to keep your home quite as comfortable as it should, some people may pass it off as a normal occurrence while others assume it means the HVAC system is in need of repairs. However, it’s just as likely that your ducts have cracked, torn, or have loose connections, and you need a trained technician to examine your HVAC system as well as the ductwork.

It may be difficult to detect when your ducts are in need of repair. But the majority of homes in the U.S. have some sort of problem with the ducts, which causes homeowners to pay more every month and could lead to problems with the heater or air conditioner. If you’re unsure as to whether you need duct repair, be sure to call a technician, like one of the friendly professionals at DB Heating & Cooling in New Milford. Here are some of the ways that neglecting this valuable service can hurt you in the long run.

  • Higher Costs: When your ducts have holes, conditioned air escapes through the ducts instead of into your home. Yet, you still pay more money on your utility bills for the air that is produced, meaning you pay extra on an HVAC system that expends part of its energy cooling or heating an empty space, such as an attic. Calling for duct repair increases the efficiency of your unit, saving you some money every month.
  • Poor Performance from Your HVAC System: Of course, as that air escapes through the ducts, less of it will reach your home, which means it takes longer to feel the full effects of your heating or air conditioning system. Duct repair will help your HVAC system cool or heat your home more quickly, keeping you more comfortable every day.
  • HVAC Repairs: Finally, faulty ductwork may lead to HVAC repairs. With broken ducts, your HVAC system has to work harder and run for longer periods in order to get your home to the desired temperature. This can cause certain parts to wear down or become overworked and fail suddenly.

If you need duct repair in New Milford, or if you need an HVAC inspection to diagnose reduced performance from your ducts, call the professionals at DB Heating & Cooling today!

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