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HVAC Issue: No Return Connected to Furnace

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    LESLIE: John in Michigan is on the line and is having an HVAC issue. What’s going on at your money pit?

    JOHN: Well, I’ve got a house I just bought recently and it’s on a (inaudible at 0:16:50) ranch on ­- with crawlspace. No basement.

    TOM: OK.

    JOHN: And my heating ducts are in the ceiling and the return is on the outside walls. But it’s not ducked (ph) back to the furnace and the crawlspace is just all open down there; there’s no ducking (ph).

    TOM: Does the return duct run, also, through the attic, John?

    JOHN: Yes. So the heat’s in the attic.

    TOM: Alright. So what’s your question?

    JOHN: Should it be ducked (ph) back to the furnace for the return?

    TOM: What you’re telling me is that the duct system goes through the attic, the furnace is located in the garage. And when you pull the vent – the filter – off of the furnace, there seems to be no return connected to it whatsoever? Is that correct?

    JOHN: That is correct.

    TOM: That’s a problem, OK? Because the way an HVAC system works is it doesn’t heat the air up all at once; it recycles the air. And it gets warmer every time it goes through or in the summer, it gets cooler every time it goes through. So, you definitely have an incomplete HVAC system and you need to have a real HVAC professional come in and evaluate it and figure out the best way to get you a return system in that house.

    JOHN: OK. That’s what I wanted to know.

    TOM: Alright, John. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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