In most cases, when replacing an air conditioner, it is necessary to replace the ductwork. While not always required, many contractors will recommend replacing the ductwork with the AC to ensure maximum efficiency and air quality.
Ductwork replacement could be required when the old ductwork is no longer up to code or is not a good fit for the new AC system.
When replacing an AC unit, your contractor may need to modify the existing ductwork or add new ductwork to accommodate the new system and improve overall efficiency and air quality.
A few factors to consider when determining if existing ductwork needs to be replaced:
The first is age - since air conditioning systems tend to last anywhere from 10-15 years, any ductwork that is older than the AC should be considered for replacement.
Ducts can become brittle and corrode over time, reducing their effectiveness and efficiency.
Additionally, if any ductwork has been damaged or modified since the original installation, it may be necessary to replace it to maintain optimal performance from the new system.
The second is size - if the current ducts are too small for the new unit, they will not be able to handle the amount of air required to cool your home effectively.
Keeping the wrong size can lead to decreased cooling performance and higher energy bills.
Last is the layout - consider any changes you want to make to the existing layout of the ductwork. If you plan to rearrange the ducts or add additional ones, then it is likely that you will need to replace the existing system.
If you have questions about whether your ducts need to be replaced, it is best to consult a qualified HVAC technician. The professionals at IKE’S Air Conditioning can help you determine the best course of action and ensure that your home remains comfortable year-round.