Your life is busy and stressful enough without having to deal with home repairs. Even worse, you may not even know there’s something that needs repairing until it becomes an emergency. Here are five ways the ductwork in your Summerville, SC, home becomes damaged.

Age of the Ductwork

Nothing lasts forever, especially the ductwork for your heating and cooling system. Most ducts last anywhere from 20 to 25 years before replacement becomes necessary.

If you know how old your ductwork is, take preventive action before it becomes too late. If you’re not sure how old your ductwork is, call a professional to take a look.

Biological Contaminants

Some biological contaminants, such as spores and microbes, grow on your ductwork under proper moisture conditions. These contaminants then chew through the ductwork, leaving holes and threatening your indoor air quality.


Blockages, such as those from exposed fiberglass partly blocking the airway, can damage ductwork. A blocked airway leads to decreased airflow in areas of your home. Sometimes this happens on its own, and sometimes this happens with inexperienced duct cleaners.

Corrosion and Rust

Biological growth isn’t the only thing to worry about when it comes to moisture in the ductwork. Rust and corrosion also damage your ducts, causing air leaks and higher-than-normal heating costs. Rust also impacts your indoor air quality and causes health issues if it’s left unchecked.

Lack of Maintenance

The ductwork that doesn’t receive the recommended maintenance it needs will need replacing far sooner than ductwork that does receive regular preventive maintenance. Regular maintenance keeps your ductwork clean, dry, and in good shape, which helps you avoid problems before they have a chance to happen.

If you’re struggling with high heating bills or cold spots in your home during the fall and winter months, your ductwork might be the culprit. Contact Coastal Air Solutions today for a free estimate on our ductwork replacement and repair services.

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