Everyone wants the typical pinterest board kitchen, bathroom, or other space in their home.
These projects have gained popularity in this day and age. Some of these projects require paint, others a good amount of sanding, possibly some wood cutting. While these have their own set of dangers, there's also one major one for your HVAC system. Hint: it doesn't matter if you are doing it yourself, or if you hire someone.
The good news is, this issue quite preventable. It doesn't even take much work. Just simply turn the system off. If you have a home renovation taking place that creates an excessive amount of dust, turn the system completely off. Don't run the fan. Don't just change the setting to not kick on at all.
That's literally it. While this may sound like a no brainer while you're reading this, that's typically not the first thing people think of during a giant project. In fact, most people probably prefer the AC to stay on so they don't sweat to death during the project. Unfortunately, you'll need to take being hot over possibly ruining your system.
Construction debris is typically pretty messy. That debris needs to stay out of all HVAC components as much as humanly possible. Since there are so many moving parts within the system, you don't want that gunk making it harder for all those parts to move properly. If there's enough of it, it could ruin parts of your system.
The filter to the left is is a filter we took out of one of our customers homes. They called us out since the system wasn't working.
Recently they had home renovations that included aerosol paint and sheetrock.
Unfortunately, their system was running through the entire project. That means the system pulled in all the sheetrock dust and airborn paint.
That led to this completely clogged air filter. The absense of proper airflow due to the obstructed filter caused the system to freeze over. Had this issue not been addressed in a timely manner, further issues could have resulted, such as damamge to equiptment and possible water damage due to ice blocking drain lines.
Luckily, their filter was able to protect the inside of the actual system enough to where it wasn't ruined, but that's not always how this goes!
We've changed out their filter and informed the contractor to shut the system off during the rest of the renovation project. When the renovations are complete, they will be having a whole house duct cleaning performed. This will help to get any sheetrock dust out of the ductwork that the filter wasn't able to capture.
Next time you tackle a home renovation project, remeber to turn your system off! You could be saving yourself hundreds of dollars by handling this simple task.
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