How can I clean this?


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Old 10-08-12, 03:52 PM
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How can I clean this?

I bought a house and looked into the air return duct.
It seems that the former owner never used a filter.
I tried to clean it with a dry/wet vacuum (top left), but I am not able to reach all the way in.
Any idea how I can clean this?


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Old 10-08-12, 04:01 PM
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If this is really a "return air" duct, no filter would have prevented that, since cold air returns are covered with grilles, not filters. All cold air returns end at the furnace filter, which will catch any of that crud should it break loose.

All I could suggest at this point is a longer wand extension for your shop vac and a duster brush on the end. Even then you will only get a few more feet.
 
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Old 10-08-12, 04:06 PM
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That is where the filter is going in. So I think it calls return something.
I am not able to get more in sue the kind of elbow from the duct.
 
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Old 10-08-12, 04:30 PM
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Well you would probably need a rotobrush.

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Old 10-08-12, 05:24 PM
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That thing cost $2800
 
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Old 10-09-12, 07:51 AM
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LOL rotobrush will tear flex apart and does a poor job on hard duct. If no filter has been used id have a good company come out and clean your HVAC system. A good company should take 6-8 hours to do a good job cleaning an average home HVAC system.

Stay away from company's that use rotobrush or say it will only take a few hours to do. It can't be done correctly in this amount of time,
 
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I got a quote from a company for $300 and he says that they use negative air system and main two different types of brushes.
 
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Old 10-09-12, 10:16 AM
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My bad... didn't think about the duct being thin.
 
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Old 10-14-12, 07:15 PM
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If thats your return flex Why not have it replaced instead of cleaned while the company is replacing the flex have them look at the coil
 
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Old 10-15-12, 06:35 AM
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300 is very cheap for 6 hours of work
 
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Actually, I only paid $175 after we had a lot laughs and conversation and I was helping him too.
He also replaced a broken flex duct, removed the blower motor, cleaned it and put it back in and cleaned the coil.

If anyone needs an awesome man for a job like this, PM me.

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Wow! I get a mental image of the peanut's character 'pig pen' around every vent when the HVAC was turned on Good to hear you got it all taken care of at a reasonable price
 
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Old 10-15-12, 09:23 AM
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Thank you.

The whole house was filthy and it'll take a while till I cleaned and remodeled everything, but I got it very cheap from the Government auction.
I am even able to pay the mortgage with a Walmart job.
Just in case.
 
 

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