HVAC systems must be properly maintained to heat and cool our homes and businesses effectively. No matter what part of the country you live in, your HVAC system is likely running continuously, whether heating in the winter months or cooling during the summertime.
Forced air systems can develop issues over time and one of the most common is clogged air ducts. In a system that is constantly running, particles accumulate over time and can cause issues if they are not caught early.
What Causes Air Duct Obstructions?
A variety of particulate matter can become trapped in your HVAC system over time. Little by little, particles extracted from the air can accumulate in the system ducts causing clogs. When the air ducts are clogged, the system works less efficiently and requires more power to heat or cool consistently.
Some common causes of clogged air ducts include the following:
- Blocked Air Vents: In some cases, furniture or decorative accessories can partially or completely obstruct air vents, which hinders even air distribution.
- Improperly Maintained Air Filters: Air filters are a critical part of most forced-air HVAC systems and a dirty or clogged filter can build up the debris that, in turn, clogs air ducts.
- Leaking Air Ducts: Leaks can be small or large but either way, a leak in an air duct can eventually lead to blockages.
- Closed Vents: Many people close vents in lesser use parts of their home or business to conserve energy but doing this can actually cause more harm than good to your HVAC system.
- A Dirty Air Filter: A clogged air filter is one of the most common causes of blocked air vents. Without regular maintenance, air filters become overwhelmed and excess particulate matter accumulates in the air ducts.
DIY vs. Professional Solutions
There are a variety of DIY and professional solutions to correct the problems associated with congested air ducts. The decision to do it yourself or seek professional assistance will largely depend on the severity of the problem and how comfortable you are with DIY solutions. If your system is in particularly bad shape, you might want to skip DIY remedies altogether and contact a skilled professional who can accurately diagnose and fix the problem.
As a home or business owner, you can prevent clogged air ducts with a commitment to regular maintenance. This starts with regularly inspecting and changing your air filter filters. Replace your HVAC system’s air filters as recommended by the system manufacturer and regularly inspect the filter for any excess debris. Always keep registers and vents unobstructed. Also, keep the vents open even in a room that you do not use often. Doing this will be less taxing on the HVAC system and will cause less wear and tear over time.
Some obstructions will require you to dismantle parts of the ductwork, and in most cases, this type of maintenance should be left to professional HVAC technicians.
If you notice that regular filter maintenance and basic DIY solutions are not solving your clogged air duct problem, it may be time to enlist the help of a professional. Professional HVAC technicians can come out and inspect your system, make recommendations, and complete any repairs needed to remedy the situation. Additionally, a professional HVAC contractor can provide helpful tips to keep your system running at its best.
Obstructed air ducts don’t happen overnight and many of the problems related to clogged air ducts can be prevented with regular maintenance. DIY maintenance is certainly a good start, but some HVAC system’s issues require professional intervention.
From emergency maintenance to complete system overhauls, the experts at Forney Air pride themselves on being dependable and experienced in all aspects of HVAC repair and maintenance. The knowledgeable staff at Forney air is there for all of your HVAC maintenance needs as well as 24/7 emergency service for added peace of mind.
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