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How to Replace Your Heating Vent Covers

Replace Your Heating Vent Covers

Let’s review some steps and tips for replacing your heating vent covers to make this home upgrade a breeze.

It’s the New Year and that may give you the itch to make some changes in your Western New York home. A simple project to take on is to replace your heating vent covers. Vent covers are not usually expensive to replace, and there is a variety of decorative models available to match the style of your home. This little upgrade in your home can make a big difference. Also, if you have any vents currently missing, that can cause a safety issue, so you should get them replaced as soon as possible.

Below we provide some steps and tips for replacing your heating vent covers to make this home upgrade a breeze.

What are Heating Vent Covers?

Heating vent covers, sometimes called registers or grilles, cover the hole in the wall or floor where the heating duct enters the room. Louvres, or dampers, are often attached to the back of a register. These adjustable louvers/dampers are capable of being opened and closed to direct the airflow and the amount of heat, which is part of a home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

How to Replace Your Heating Vent Covers

If you are in need of replacing your heating vent covers because they are dated, missing, or even blocked or damaged, the New Year is a perfect time to do so. Keep in mind, even if you aren’t considering updating your vents for appearance, if your heating vent covers are blocked, the air temperature in the room can be greatly affected. Any airflow issues in your home can put a strain on your Western New York furnace and could cause you larger problems in the future.

Let’s review the few simple steps for you to follow if you are taking on the DIY project of replacing your heating vent covers.

Step One – Measure and Purchase New Vent Covers: Before you get started on this project, you should measure the opening in the floor or ceiling and get the dimensions needed for the replacement vent cover. Once you have found replacement vent covers that will work, ensure that the replacement covers are of an appropriate size before moving to the next steps. You don’t want to have covers that are the wrong size and you are left with a hole in your floor or ceiling while you search for new ones.

Step Two – Remove the Old Vent: If you are installing a vent that is not currently there, you can skip this step. If you are replacing a vent, you need to take the old one off first. Unscrew any anchoring screws with your screwdriver. If the screws have been painted over, dig out the paint and clear out the screw head. The vent should be able to be lifted out, but may need a little wiggling if it is a tight fit. A flathead screwdriver can pry up the vent if needed. The edges of the vent can be sharp or have rough spots, so wearing gloves can be helpful.

Step Three – Clean the Vent: You can call in a professional HVAC company for this step if you really want to have your vents thoroughly cleaned, which is a great idea while the covers are off. If you chose to do it yourself, start by picking out any large items that you can see from the vent duct work. Use your vacuum to vacuum up any remaining dirt, dust and debris that is visible. Put the hose of the vacuum down as far as possible into the vent to try to suck up as much debris as you can.

Step Four – Replace the Vent Cover: Slide the vent cover into position and secure with screws. Adjustments may need to be made to the duct work so that the vent sits completely into the hole and is flush with either the floor or ceiling. This can be done by bending the duct work back into shape or widening the hole a bit to accommodate the new vent. Lastly, test the updated vent to make sure it operates properly.

In just a few steps you can have new heating vent covers in your home. Your HVAC system is one of the most important parts of your home, so it is always a good idea to check your vents to ensure they are not covered, blocked, or broken. Any airflow issues in your home could cause an extra stain being placed on your furnace.

If you have any heating issues in your Western New York home, call the experts at Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC. We offer Day or Night heating service. No matter what type of heating system: furnace, boiler, ductless, or hybrid unit, your home has, our technicians can get it running again.