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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Check Your Vents During Your Final Walk-Thru

Sooooo, I'm back again with just a small concern. Most of you guys have read about final walk-thru's of houses and what to look for. I'll be honest, in all the excitement, it is easy to overlook some things. After all, you just want to move in your house that you have been watching anxiously being put together. Beware however, especially with change of season to check AC Vents and Registers. That is one thing that we overlooked on our walk-thru the house, mainly because the company that installed our HVAC unit, did some half-ass'd duct work. They installed a boot that was too shallow for two of our registers, one in the Master Bath and one in the mudroom. With the register fully open, it would not fit over the opening the way it was meant to. It would sit off the ground about a 1/4-1/2 inch. However, if you closed the register vent, it would sit in it perfectly. We called AirTron to come out and either give us new registers or to fix the duct work so it is not so shallow, allowing the register to sit perfectly and open. The technician came out and even he was brain boggled as to why it was installed in that fashion and that it should never have been done that way. We didnt initially catch it because the vents were closed, so word to the wise: CHECK EVERY VENT REGISTER as soon as possible before the final walk-thru, that they are open and the workmanship is good.

Below are some pics of what it looks like in our Master Bath when the vent is open and a pic of the shallow boot duct work. Now you could probably live with just closing the slats, but why would someone want too? It affects overall airflow and efficieny. You're making a big investment and paying for the house for 30 years. It should be perfect, right?

This is how it looks when the register is open

Shallow boot sloping. (It should be at least an inch deeper on left to allow open register and sit perfectly on top)

Another picture of register when slat is open.



  1. Ooooooooohhhhh. We would have never thought to look for that. I will make sure we check before settlement. That is someone who was lazy who installed that....

    Don't go away! Your posts are great with the information and things to look for.

  2. Thank you so much for this information! I too would have never thought to check for these (perhaps because of excitement). I appreciate your help!

  3. Ok, so I am dying to know, did they fix the ducts or just replace the vents?? Hope you guys don't have too many more surprises!

    1. They are fixing it as I type this reply. Should be done in less than 30 minutes hopefully

  4. Don't feel too bad about it, Ashley. Just think of it this way: it would be the first and only time you'd be buying a furnace as they're supposed to last a long time. If you do some research, perhaps you could find one that will suit your needs and budget. Good luck!

    Shelley Coday @ C&C Heating & Air Conditioning

  5. That is a great reminder! It’s really best to look at every corner of the house during house walkthroughs, particularly the HVAC unit and vents. Those parts are very important, because you'll need those functionable to be able to live in there comfortably. Anyway, this must’ve been a disappointing day for you, but I hope with the help of your technician, the problem was solve accordingly soon after.

    Tommy Hopkins @ AccuTemp