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Why You Shouldn't DIY Your Duct Replacement

If you’ve been told that your air ducts need to be replaced, you might want to tackle the job yourself to avoid the cost of paying a contractor. However, air duct replacement is a task that’s best left to the professionals. Here’s why you should never install your own ductwork.

Why Shouldn’t I Install Ductwork By Myself?

Improper duct installation can be a serious problem for your HVAC system and your wallet. Think of the ductwork in your home as the arteries and veins of the HVAC system, bringing air to and from the central unit. 

Without ducts that work properly, air doesn’t get around the way it’s supposed to. This will cause higher energy bills and poor air quality. With improperly installed ductwork, your home simply won’t be as comfortable as it should be.

Signs of Improper Duct Installation

Many homes contain ductwork that wasn’t installed correctly, either as a result of a DIY project or inexperienced contractors. To find out if your ductwork was improperly installed, look for the following:

  • Rooms are difficult to heat and cool
  • Higher energy bills
  • Certain rooms feel stuffy
  • Visibly tangled, collapsed or loose ducts
  • Excessive noise from the vents

These signs indicate both air leaks and diminished airflow from installation, so you should consider duct replacement if you notice them.

Always Call a Professional

If you need air duct replacement, you should always call a reputable, experienced professional. A good AC contractor will know how to correctly size, insulate and install your air ducts so that they’ll work as efficiently as possible and make it easy for your HVAC system to distribute air. After proper installation, you should be able to see rigid metal duct fittings and seams and joints that are sealed using mastic or another sealant.

If you’re looking to replace your ductwork in Fresno, don’t take any chances — call Lee’s Air & Plumbing. Our experienced team will ensure that your air ducts are installed properly the first time. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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