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Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

If something is failing or going amiss with your HVAC unit, chances are, your HVAC unit is letting you know something is not quite right. However, most of the cues come in the form of sounds that many of us may overlook. If you hear your HVAC unit grinding, squealing, screeching or squeaking, it is letting you know it needs help. I was unaware of these cues and overlooked them. It ended up costing me a lot of money in repairs. I want to make sure that does not happen to other people, so I made this website. I hope you learn how to interpret the noises your HVAC unit is making so you can get it the repairs it needs before you incur a costly repair, or worse, permanently ruin your unit for good.

Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

Why Should Homeowners Get Their Ductwork Inspected, Repaired, And Sealed?

by Billie Carlson

Are you a homeowner? If so, you need to know whether your HVAC system is in proper condition. Some homeowners think maintaining their system only involves inspections and replacing broken components. They may think that services such as sealing their air ducts are unnecessary. They may even refuse the services offered. There are many reasons to listen to advice extended to you regarding your ductwork. If you have duct issues that need addressing, you could be exposing yourself to several issues. Some of them can prove costly over time. The following points will help you understand why this AC service is important. 

Pests and Allergens

If you have leaky ductwork, it can lead to pest intrusion. Many types of pests can enter ductwork and cause a nuisance in homes. Allergens such as mold and dust can also circulate in homes as a result of leaky ducts. Many pests carry diseases, and allergens can also pose health problems if you have individuals in your home who have allergies or other respiratory issues.

Faulty Design or Damage

Many of the nuisances that faulty ductwork present can get resolved through proper amendments or replacement. Some damages that might be present are visible to homeowners. Damaged, loose-fitting ducts, and a sagging appearance are all signs that you may need to get your ducts replaced. Proper insulation is another noticeable factor. If you do not have insulation for your ducts, they will cause energy loss at your expense.  

Efficiency and Lifespan

Sealing your ducts can improve your system's efficiency. This may result in lower power bills especially if you have a new or efficient system. Duct sealing may also extend the lifespan of your system due to your system not needing to work as hard as it would if there were ductwork issues present.

Reduce Dust and Dirt

Dust and dirt accumulation in an HVAC system is not a good thing to occur. This is true specifically when dust accumulates on components such as the evaporator coil in your system. Dirty coils can malfunction and need to get replaced. They can also impact air quality and produce unpleasant smells.

An HVAC contractor is a good resource to use to learn more about duct sealing. They can inspect your ductwork for flaws and recommend the best retrofit options. They can also discuss other options, such as a ductless system. Depending on the layout of your home, a ductless system may even be a better choice.