A Guide To Troubleshooting Your Ventilation Blockage

Posted on: 30 November 2015


Ventilation plays a pretty big role in your home if you use an air conditioner or central heater, but it is often an element that is overlooked. After all, your ventilation system is almost entirely hidden, except for a few openings scattered throughout the home, so it's easy to forget that it even exists. However, problems with your ventilation can lead to massively reduced heating/air conditioning efficiency, which means that you should make it a top priority to keep your ventilation in pristine condition. To help you out with that, here is one effective method of troubleshooting blockages in your ventilation:

Finding a Blockage

One of the toughest problems to fix is identifying and finding a blockage in your ventilation system. The first thing that you will want to do is narrow down the location of the blockage to a specific area of the system.

To do this, you aren't going to open up every vent cover in your home and look inside. That might work, but it could also take a very long time, depending on how many vent covers you have and how accessible they are.

Run the Heater

Instead, you should turn on the central heater, close up as many doors as possible, and wait about half an hour. This will allow each room to heat up enough for you to feel a difference. You can also run the fan alone and manually check the flow coming out of every vent, but this might not be quite as useful, since it will be much harder to tell which vent covers are getting enough air and which are not. A significant change in temperature will make the difference much more obvious.

While checking each room for heat, note which rooms feel a little different than the others. You don't need to take detailed measurements, but this will give you a good idea of where to start looking. Once you have narrowed down your options, you can take a look inside those vents. All you will need is a flashlight and a screwdriver, so there isn't any need to buy any specialized tools.

Removing the Blockage

If you can see the blockage, then there is a good chance that you can reach it. Be careful if you do attempt to remove the blockage, because too much force could potentially damage the ventilation system.

However, odds are that you will be unable to reach the blockage, since there is a lot of area in the ventilation system that is out of reach. Instead, it's a good idea to call a professional vent cleaning service, like Dove Services Inc, at this point. Not only can they remove blockages that are currently causing you problems, but they can also clean out some of the dust in your vents. Over time, this dust can dramatically reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, leading to higher electricity costs for you.