There are many things that can reduce the airflow of your heater and air conditioner. Most problems that have to do with the actual appliances, like the furnace or condenser unit, should be fixed by HVAC professionals. However, there are a few simple things that even homeowners with no experience can fix on their own. Perhaps the easiest and most effective repair is to clean your air registers. This article explains the best way to clean air registers with basic tools you already have lying around the house.
Removing the Registers
Even if you regularly dust or wipe down the outside of your registers, it is definitely worth removing them from the wall to give them a thorough cleaning. In fact, when you dust near the vents the registers from the outside, you often push dust and dirt into the vents, causing blockages. Removing the registers completely from the wall is the only comprehensive way to clean them. Most registers are easy to remove from the wall because they're only attached with two screws. However, if your registers have been painted over, or caulked at the edges, you will need a utility knife to break the seal. Regardless, removing the registers should only take a few minutes, especially if you have a power drill.
Cleaning the Registers
Once the registers are removed from the wall, you can clean them all at once in your sink with hot water and dish washing soap. Use a scrub brush to make sure you get in between each individual vent. If you happen to have wooden registers (which are rare) you probably don't want to soak them in water. However, you can effectively wipe them down with a damp rag.
While you have the registers off of the wall, you should also inspect and clean your ducts. Of course, if you don't have the right tools, you won't be able to clean very deep inside your ducts. However, it is still worth thoroughly wiping down the sidewalls that you can reach. You should also get a flashlight out and try to look deep inside your ducts. Look for severe dust buildup or black mold formation on the side walls. If you do notice mold, you should call in an HVAC or mold expert. All you have to do now is reattach your air registers.
You will probably immediately notice that opening and closing the registers is easier. You will also start to enjoy better airflow, especially if there were severe clogs before you cleaned them.Share
2 February 2017
When our air conditioner broke last year, I was fairly confident that we would be left trying to choose a similar system for a bunch of money. However, our friend who works as a general contractor explained that there were all kinds of neat advances in HVAC systems that might help us out. He explained that we might be able to enjoy a quieter system or one that filters our indoor air more effectively. We liked the sound of that, so we started shopping for a new system. After finding an air conditioner that was perfect for our place, we started this blog to educate other homeowners about new technology.