Tips For Troubleshooting Air Duct Problems

5 February 2016
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If you have been having some issues with air flow lately, then you might be dealing with a problem in your air ducts. However, there are a wide variety of causes that you might be looking for, and each of them requires a very different approach. To help you determine exactly what the issue is, here is an overview of some of the most common air duct problems:


First of all, you might have a blockage somewhere in your ventilation system. The most obvious sign of a blockage is localized poor air flow. You might have excellent air flow in some parts of your building, but terrible air flow in specific rooms.

In order to actually diagnose this and find the blockage, you will need to look inside the air ducts. This can be a pretty difficult process, especially if you don't know exactly where to look. It's often a good idea to call a professional if you think that you have a blockage, since they will be able to find the problem much faster than you. They will also have the tools to reach deep into your air ducts and remove the blockage, while you might not be able to do that without causing serious collateral damage.

Clogged Vents Covers and Filters

On the other hand, if you have clogged vent covers or filters, then you can likely handle the problem very easily on your own.

If you find that a single room is affected by poor air flow, then you should take a look at the vent cover in that room, carefully removing it with a screwdriver and vacuuming up the dust with a vacuum hose.

If your whole building seems to be affected, then you might need to take a look at the filter on your air conditioner or heater. These filters can fill up with dust over time, resulting in a filter that won't let very much air through. Make sure that you clean the filter if it's permanent and throw out the filter if it's disposable.

Dead Animals

Finally, you might simply be dealing with a dead animal. Of course, you will likely know if you are dealing with a dead animal, since the smell will be quite overpowering. If you do think that you have such a situation on your hands, then the best choice is often to call the professionals. You probably can't easily reach the remains on your own, and you don't want to get sick by handling the remains without proper protection.

To learn more, contact an HVAC maintenance company.