Is your furnace or air conditioner not working like it used to? Does the airflow seam weaker? Before you call a professional HVAC contractor, it might be a good idea to check it out and see if there is anything you can fix by yourself. One of the first things you should check is the blower compartment, because it is responsible for circulating air from both the furnace and the air conditioner. You might be able to easily fix a few points of the blower compartment, improving the efficiency of your AC and central heating.
How do you Access the Blower Unit?
Every furnace is different, but the blower unit is usually quite easy to identify. The blower has a fan inside and part of the panel will be vented. You can peer inside the vents and look for fan blades. The vented panel is removable because the blower compartment needs to accessible. At this point, you should make sure that your furnace power to the furnace is turned off. Turn off the entire breaker so there is no risk of the furnace powering on. Then, just remove the screws and pull the panel away.
Is Your Fan Dirty?
First, check out your fan and see if it is dirty. Dust build up is easy to clean with a shop vacuum. If the furnace is in a moist environment, there is a good chance that the dust will be caked on the blades. So, the shop vacuum might not get the job done. Instead, you need to wipe off the blades with a rag soaked in a little household cleaner. In fact, you should clean out the entire compartment and make sure the inner walls don't have an dust build up.
Is the Output Junction Free of Clogs?
The blower compartment pushes the heated air straight from the furnace and into the duct system. You should be able to easily identify the junction because it is attached to a hose the leads into the walls. If the junction is clogged, it is best to clean it from the outside. Remove the hose and pull it off. You can easily unclog any blockages that might be hampering the airflow.
If you take these steps to clean your furnace blower compartment, there is a good chance that is will increase the airflow in your home. At the very least, having a clean blower compartment will ensure that the air in your home is cleaner and healthier. However, if this doesn't completely solve your problem, don't hesitate to contact a company like Kennard - Pace Co. Inc to inspect your system and make any necessary repairs.Share