Do You Have Soot Marks On the Walls Around Your Vents?
Regular wear and tear can greatly affect the performance of your ducts and vents. You can reduce the unwanted effects of normal usage and even extend their life span with proper maintenance, but older systems will always carry the risk of failure that results in poor air circulation. It’s fairly common knowledge that low circulation can negatively affect your home’s energy efficiency, but the opposite effect —that is, too much air— produced by a worn out HVAC system is rarely addressed, if at all.
Streaking is perhaps the most obvious sign of uncontrolled air flow. Our experts at All Climate are here to provide you with tips for dealing with the track marks left behind by your heating system.
A Band-Aid Solution
If you’ve noticed black marks spreading across your walls, tracing from your vents upward to the ceiling, then your home may be experiencing what is known as thermal tracking. These tracks form when contaminants like soot and dust mix with the air circulating within your ducts and vents, then get left behind when the air comes into contact with a solid object. Your walls and ceilings are generally the most affected parts. Cleaning the marks isn’t too difficult as they tend to wipe off easily with a damp cloth, but this is merely a temporary answer.
Identifying the Causes
Our experienced specialists at All Climate have dealt with thermal tracking numerous times in the past, and we’ve found that the most common culprit is a malfunctioning furnace or boiler. Soot and ash build up over time and obstruct your furnace filter; then, once the filter is saturated, the smoke begins to mix with the air inside the air handler and thermal tracking results.
Another common cause is an ineffective draft hood. Normally, combustion by-products are separated from warmed air at the air handler. A draft hood directly connects to the chimney vent and prevents the soot and smoke from escaping into your home. When this component malfunctions, your circulating air may become contaminated.
We Can Help You Solve All Your HVAC Problems
You can trust All Climate to help you resolve the ugly effects of thermal tracking in your home. We’re the leading provider of heating and air conditioning solutions for your home. Call us at (425) 361-0126 or fill out our online contact form to get a free estimate on new HVAC installations and schedule a service visit today. We serve homeowners in Redmond and all surrounding areas.