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Fix gap in attic with aluminum flashing 3X5-375-FIL-2
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Use a vacuum cleaner brush attachment to
clean any dust deposits off the blower. Wipe
any surfaces with a damp rag to pick up more
dirt. Some older systems have bearing oil
cups on the motor. Put a drop of oil in each
cup. This is a good time to change or clean
the central furnace filter.
It is important to tighten the screws when
you replace the side cover. Also, check all
the other screws for tightness. If they are
loose, air can leak in through gaps instead
of flowing through the heat exchanger. This
can reduce efficiency. With a heat pump, also
check the screws on the outdoor unit.
Ductwork is often very leaky and the heated
air never gets to the rooms. Turn up the
thermostat so the furnace starts. Hold your
hand near each duct joint to find leaky spots.
Clean the dust off the duct and wrap those
spots with black Gorilla tape.
Check the accuracy of the thermostat by
temporarily taping a bulb-type thermometer
next to it on the wall. You may be keeping
your house several degrees warmer than
you thought you were and this increases
your utility bills.
Dear Jim: I was up in my attic and noticed a large gap
between my brick chimney and the attic floor. I could feel
a light breeze flowing upward through it. What is the
best method to block this leak? — Manny G.
Dear Manny: Cut aluminum flashing material
slightly larger than the distance from the
joists to the chimney. Lay a bead of caulk on
top of the joists and nail the flashing to them.
Bend the edge down over the side of the joist.
Using a piece of lumber as a straight edge,
hammer it against the other end of the flashing
and the chimney to form an upward bend
tight against the chimney. Run a heavy bead
of caulk to seal it against the chimney.
Send inquiries to James Dulley, House to
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