I bought 30 years old house. This house was build for 65 years old lady and
she lived here rest of her life. Since trustee was holding title I got
pretty good deal to buy. Then, I had to discover problems one after another.
Now, I know this house wasn't taken care, did not receive necessary
maintenance at all. I've been here for 3 months and already spent bit more
than $10k to fix up.
Any ways, about all ducts opening area (where air comes in to the room) are
dirty. Walls by them got dark marks on telling me dirty air has been coming
in. I thought about getting duct cleaning service by professional but I
heard that is wasting money because duct should be self cleaning item. Other
then changing filter, could you think of any advice?
A few years back my duct was trying to tell me something too but i
couldn't understand it. so i bought a Duct/American dictionary and my
troubles were over.
what it was telling me was it was cold in the summer and hot in the
winter and it's joints hurt.
Kind of not important to your problem, but since you stated it...if you got
a good deal, now you see why.
Yup...first, and most important, unless the duct in question is honest to
God metal, and not flex, or the old fiberglass spiral type, duct cleaning is
of time and money, and 99% of the time, un-needed..duct is not "self
cleaning" but if the filters are in place, and being used, you should not
have a huge build up of dirt in the ducts, except possibly in the returns,
if you have a central filter at the furnace, and several returns from each
room as is common on the older homes...and if THAT is the case, it can stay
there, since the filters going to stop it...
Now, two things come to mind...you are suffering from ghosting, but from
what source? IF the old lady burned candles, bingo, you prob have found your
problem, if you burn candles that will do it.
If you are not, or you cant find out if she was a big candle
burner...(seriously), you need to have the furnace checked. Ten to one its
NOT a heat pump, and its prob oil or gas, and if you are getting ghosting as
bad as you describe, altho I cant see it from here, so I dont know, but that
is a sign of a severely cracked heat exchanger on a gas or oil unit..or a
gas unit that is not burning correctly, or a oil unit that has an oversized
nozzle and is not set up correctly, and NO, this is NOT a DIY item.
As CBHvac suggested, I suspect you have a furnace problem, and one that
could be dangerous. Have it checked.
BTW ignore the local trolls. This seems to be the season for then all
over. They must all be out of school .............. Yea they started up
right as school let out.
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