Loud animal toy fell down inside of the air duct

Some time ago, the cover to one of our HVAC vent fell off.

I don’t remember what happened to the cover however it has been missing for weeks now.

It didn’t seem like such a large deal because the vent is out of the way and high up on the wall, however the animal likes to hang out on top of the book shelf near the vent although she is too large and fat to go into the vent so both of us thought, no large deal; And then, both of us started hearing a strange sound whenever the gas furnace would turn on. It sounded like something was rattling around in the vent. The one with the missing cover. It was a truly loud and frustrating sound and both of us had no system what could be causing it. Then our spouse witnessed the animal drop one of her toys in the vent. It was just a toy mouse, so it isn’t noisy, however it stands to reason that she must have dropped one of her noisy toys in the vent too. That must be what is making so much racket… We tried shining a flashlight into the vent however both of us can’t get our head in the vent to see anything, but reaching into the vent only showed us that there is a slope to the air duct behind the wall and the noisy toy is out of reach. I believe both of us will have to call out an HVAC company to come and take a look. I mean, they do air duct cleaning so they must have tools that can reach all the way down into the air duct and retrieve a toy, right? I am betting that they must have a replacement cover for the vent too so that this doesn’t happen again.


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