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    Paper sucked into air intake - Should I be concerned?

    Hey all,

    Today while replacing the air filter in my home's HVAC, I stupidly left the system on "auto." It kicked on and sucked in a folded piece of glossy paper that was the on floor before I could do anything. There's no way for me to reach into the intake due to the (cramped) design of the area. The system is still running and I haven't heard anything out of the ordinary, and so far as I can tell the paper hasn't made its way to any of the vents in my house.

    Is this something I should worry about, or just let it be. That said if it's something I need worry about I guess I need to call someone, and if so--what do I tell them?

    Thanks!

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    Depends on how big the paper was if it is a full sheet of paper you could have a problem.. It will not reach the vent.
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    It was a folded piece of glossy paper, maybe 4x6 inches folded.

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    How long has it been since the coils have been cleaned...
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    Red face

    Quote Originally Posted by ventintaker View Post
    Hey all,

    Today while replacing the air filter in my home's HVAC, I stupidly left the system on "auto." It kicked on and sucked in a folded piece of glossy paper that was the on floor before I could do anything. There's no way for me to reach into the intake due to the (cramped) design of the area. The system is still running and I haven't heard anything out of the ordinary, and so far as I can tell the paper hasn't made its way to any of the vents in my house.

    Is this something I should worry about, or just let it be. That said if it's something I need worry about I guess I need to call someone, and if so--what do I tell them?

    Thanks!
    try checking you filter and see if it got sucked into that area!

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    Coils were cleaned 1 year ago.

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    I would try to see if I could get it out but I would not worry about it too much....
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    Red face

    Quote Originally Posted by ventintaker View Post
    Coils were cleaned 1 year ago.
    if this paper got sucked into the return vent it may end up by the filter in the return by your air handler, unless i read your post wrong!

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    Guess if you smell burning paper this winter when you turn on the furnace, you'll know why!

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    If you have a air handler or a furnace the paper could be wrapped on the blower wheel or be blown to bottom of the a coil. if it is on the wheel it may cause balance problems and or reduce air flow. It will not help air flow on a coil.

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