Uneven heating is one of the most common problems homeowners experience, and this problem can be caused by blockages in the ductwork. With a forced air furnace, the heat in your home is reliant on the ducts. If there is debris in the ducts, it may be preventing them from allowing air to flow through. Here are three steps you can take to fix your heating issue if this is the problem.
Check the Flow of Air
To begin, you should turn your thermostat up so that your furnace kicks on. Once it is on, start checking each register vent in your home to determine if there is air coming out. If you discover that there is an even amount of air coming from each vent, you may want to check the furnace filter.
If the filter is dirty, it will slow down the flow of air into your home. Your registers may still be blowing air out, but the airflow will not be as high as it should be. If the furnace filter is dirty, replace it and see if it makes a difference.
Clean the Registers
Over time, air ducts can get filled with all kinds of things, but a common thing found in ducts is small pieces of furnace filters. A few small pieces will not cause airflow problems, but a lot of small pieces together can. Cleaning your registers is a great way to remove this debris and it is easy to do.
To complete this task, you will need to unscrew the register covers and remove them. You can then take a vacuum (with an attachment) and clean them out. You can do this to all your registers, or you can do it only to the ones that appear to have restricted airflow. After opening just a few registers, you may be surprised by how much debris you find.
Hire a Heating Company
If this doesn't seem to do the trick, you could always hire a heating company to perform ductwork cleaning. This is a more thorough process used to remove lint, debris, and dirt from inside all the air ducts in your home. Once this is complete, the air should flow more freely through your heating system.
If you are not sure if this is the problem your system is having, hire a heating company like TRI-ROM Industries Ltd. They can troubleshoot the system to find the problem, and they will fix it so that your furnace operates more efficiently.