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Old 04-02-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Has this ever happend to you??

Hear is a first for me after 15 years of RVs!! One of my little round AC return vent filters sucked into the vent. I was unable to retrieve it with any campsite tools. I am thinking about modifying my vacum hose to fit up in the vent and see if I can get it back.

Any comments or thoughts??

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Old 04-02-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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You might be able to get it by removing the cover on the roof. Chances are its now up at the evaporator coil or caught in the fan cage.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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.... and don't use a filter on the return (suction) duct, only on the discharge duct.
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Romeo...are you sure about that? I believe my return air vents are filtered.
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thanks for the advise. I do think that we are suppose to filter the incoming air to help keep the coils clean??
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It is the return air vents that are filtered on our coach, not the blower vents.

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Romeo...are you sure about that? I believe my return air vents are filtered.
Well, only that mine are only on the discharge, and it stands to reason that they could be sucked in on the return ducts. But, maybe someone removed mine or put them on the wrong ducts. I used logic to determine which should have them... the discharge air pushes the filter against the grill; on the suction there is no grill to keep them from deflecting inward... only the stud in the center of the duct would keep the filter from being sucked in.

Dave1956 has a point: "I do think that we are suppose to filter the incoming air to help keep the coils clean??", but still there is no grill on the backside, at least on mine there isn't.

I guess I will defer to someone that knows how the factory install was done.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:10 AM   #8
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I bought my coach second hand and the filters were on the discharge vents. I moved them to the return vents. When I took the coach for it's spring servicing, the tech told me they were supposed to be on the returns. I suspect that if you clean them regularly, the risk of them going into the ductwork is minimized.
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Our new unit from the factory was filtered on the return ducts. Our duct end also has a plastic crosshair thing at the opening to keep filters from being sucked in.
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Our new unit from the factory was filtered on the return ducts. Our duct end also has a plastic crosshair thing at the opening to keep filters from being sucked in.
Good point... just looked up to the duct over my head, and yes there are the bars (3) that would stabilize the filter. I guess someone put mine in the wrong ducts... maybe I will change mine and see how that works. Looks like they need cleaning, anyway.
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The return air filters should be a one piece round filter with a hole in the center. This would stop it from being sucked into the duct work. If the round filter had a tear or cut from the edge to the center then the 3 plastic bars would probably not stop it.
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Dutchstar is correct the grill center pin should be pushed through the hole of filter in the return vent.
The filter will not be pulled into the return vent.
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