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HVAC Damper Replacement

Hard at work inside your heating or cooling system, there’s the damper motor, which is part of your system’s zone control mechanism. The damper motor’s job is to regulate the flow of air throughout your system and direct it to zones in your home. It’s because of the damper that you’re able to blast the heat in the living room and let the basement cool off at the same time, saving energy and money.

Time for a Damper Motor Replacement

Just like any other part in your HVAC system, sometimes the damper malfunctions. Things can go wrong for a number of reasons. Perhaps the damper is stuck or its blades won’t open, or the motor has broken or failed. If any of these issues are at play, your heating or cooling system won’t be able to function or control heat distribution properly. It might be time for a damper or damper motor replacement.

Signs It’s Time for a New Damper Motor

When an issue arises with your damper motor, certain symptoms can indicate it’s time for a replacement. Watch out for these signs:

  • Incorrect temperatures in a specific zone

  • The motor is making unusual noises (they are normally quiet)

  • System is 8 years or older

How Does a Damper Motor Replacement or Installation Work?

Get an assessment of your HVAC system

An HVAC specialist will assess your heating or cooling system and find the source of your issue. If your damper motor is to blame, your technician will discuss the process of having it replaced.

Review the estimate with the specialist

You’ll be quoted based on the type of heating or cooling system you have and the type of damper motor and dampers it requires. You have options, so don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Install your HVAC damper motor

An HVAC technician will come to your house to replace your system’s damper motor with a new one. This typically takes an hour, depending on the service provider and their schedule.

Looking for More Info

Check out these articles that dive deeper into the parts, processes, and preparation that go into replacing a damper motor(s).

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