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Should You Have Your Furnace Cleaned Before You Have Your Ductwork Cleaned?

When it comes to heating in Troy, MI, we have answered many questions for our many clients over the years.

One that comes up often, is whether or not you should clean your furnace before you clean the ductwork in your home. The answer is of course, yes.

Why you should clean your ductwork

Firstly, for your health. Dirty ductwork in your home means that dust is being circulated throughout, dust which you are going to breathe in. Dust doesn’t only consist of fine dirt. You’ll also be circulating dead skin, pet dander, and even microorganisms. Have we convinced you yet?

Over and above health risks, if you don’t clean your ductwork, you risk expensive repairs and you’ll be reducing the overall lifespan of your system.

Isn’t it counterproductive to clean the furnace before the ductwork?

Most definitely not. It’s important to clean your furnace before the ductwork is cleaned for the following reasons:

Debris being circulated through the ductwork

If you don’t clean the furnace before the ductwork has been cleaned, you may have wasted your money on bringing the processionals in. If there is debris and dirt in your furnace, it will simply be circulated through the ductwork, which means you’ll need to bring the service team in again. Far from ideal.

Your system won’t function optimally.

If your furnace is dirty, it simply won’t function optimally. This not only means an inefficient system, but you may have to call the experts in when the system fails due to a component breaking down. This can be expensive, so we recommend you not only clean your furnace before your ductwork is cleaned, but at least once a year.

Signs that your ductwork needs to be cleaned

When it comes to knowing when to have your ductwork cleaned, here are a few signs to look out for.

First, take a look at the motor of your furnace. Does it have dust build-up? You could be putting your system at risk. The same applies to the blower fan. Next, you need to check your return air register. If there is dust build-up, it’s time to bring the experts in. Specifically look out for thick, fuzzy coatings of dust.

You also need to take a look at your air vents. Is dust setting in or around them? This means dust is circulating throughout. Also, check your air filter to see that the same issue isn’t happening there. A build-up of dust is a problem as you’ll be putting a strain on the entire system.

These are just some of the indicators that it’s time to have your ductwork cleaned.

How often should you have your ductwork cleaned?

Some recommend having your ductwork cleaned every two to three years. If you want your system to function optimally though and reduce the risk of having to replace components of the furnace system, you should bring the experts in for a clean between one and three years.

When it comes to heating in Troy, MI, our team of experts is the best in their field. Contact Charter Home Comfort to schedule an appointment for your heating.

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