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mzbell 11-29-2010 03:00 PM

New Construction - No heat flowing through upstairs vents
 
We purchased our new construction home in September and had no need to turn on the A/C or heat because of the mild temperatures. This past weekend, the temps got down to the 30's and we finally turned on the heat. The heat blows fine downstairs but upstairs is freezing cold. I checked all the vents upstairs (ceiling and floor) and nothing was coming through. What could be wrong?

mrgins 11-29-2010 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by mzbell (Post 542344)
We purchased our new construction home in September and had no need to turn on the A/C or heat because of the mild temperatures. This past weekend, the temps got down to the 30's and we finally turned on the heat. The heat blows fine downstairs but upstairs is freezing cold. I checked all the vents upstairs (ceiling and floor) and nothing was coming through. What could be wrong?

Sounds like something basic. Your home is under warranty, call the contractor

Joe Carola 11-29-2010 05:11 PM

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Originally Posted by mzbell (Post 542344)
We purchased our new construction home in September and had no need to turn on the A/C or heat because of the mild temperatures. This past weekend, the temps got down to the 30's and we finally turned on the heat. The heat blows fine downstairs but upstairs is freezing cold. I checked all the vents upstairs (ceiling and floor) and nothing was coming through. What could be wrong?

You have to call the builder.

Wildie 11-29-2010 07:28 PM

The ducts that feed the rooms in your house should have dampers installed.
Dampers are used to balance the heat distibution through out your house.
If you have a furnace in a unfinished basement you will likely see galvanized (silver) pipes connecting to a central header that comes off the top of the furnace.
Each of these pipes should be equipped with a small handle that rotates a disk mounted inside the pipe. If the handle is at right angle to the pipe, it means that the air flow in the pipe is blocked. If it is parallel to the pipe, maximum air is allowed to flow.
If you find the damper controls, make sure that they are all parallel and then the air should flow.

Here's a link that explains it! http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-fix...amper-19945035

jbfan 11-29-2010 09:07 PM

You could also have a second unit for the upstairs.


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