Adequate airflow is an essential part of the operation of the HVAC system, without proper airflow, there are other affects that trickle throughout the system. When you experience poor airflow or airflow related problems with the HVAC system, you are likely to notice hot and cold spots in the home, pressure imbalance caused by draft areas or gusts, or a lack of air or weak air coming from the vents. Today, we at Agape Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing would like to continue on the topic of airflow concerning your HVAC system.
Causes of HVAC Airflow Problems
First and foremost, airflow problems that are ignored for any length of time will strain the system and cause compressor failure. The compressor is much like the heart of the A/C and if that goes out, typically, you will need to replace the unit. It is vital that you get the expert assistance to diagnose and repair airflow related issues. Below are a few common causes to airflow issues.
Air Conditioner Condenser Unit Obstruction
The outdoor unit houses the condenser, which can be overwhelmed with leaves, sticks, dirt, dust, and other debris. Clutter can also cause obstructions when stuff is stored too close. Keep the unit clean and free from debris and be sure to give the unit at one foot of clearance but three feet is optimal.
Blocked Air Vent & Register
Increase the air flow through vents and registers by ensuring there is not any furniture blocking them and that they are open. Periodically, clean the dust and debris that settles on the surface as well.
Clogged Air Filters
Filters are often forgotten about and before too long, they are filled to capacity, causing the airflow to become restricted. Unchanged filters is one of the top causes to many issues in addition to poor airflow. Air filter need to be changed every 1-3 months, depending on your home’s varying factors. Count on doing it more often if your climate is dusty, you live with pets, there are more than three people living in the home, any indoor smokers, and especially if anyone as allergies or asthmatic tendencies.
Leaky Air Ducts
Ducts can develop cracks or holes, or loosen up at the connection points over time, or due to poor installation and other circumstances. These leaks weaken the airflow, and the heated or cooled air you paid for is not reaching the individual rooms but is being lost behind the walls and ceiling. Clogged ducts can also occur, especially around corners or where they narrow. Over few years the ducts should be cleaned to clear out the debris and allow for more air flow. If you suspect the ducts are the issue, have them inspected by a trusted poor.
A faulty thermostat, something as simple as a low battery or an off setting can be impacting the airflow. Check the thermostat and ensure the settings are accurate and the battery is fully charged.
Low Performance AC Fans
Fans are designed throughout the HVAC system to help push the air along. Blower motors can frequently become sluggish from dirt, debris, and even residues settling on the surfaces. Typically, the fans are cleaned during maintenance and tune-up services, so if the fans are the culprit, you are likely due for an overall maintenance service.
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Filthy coils, low refrigerant levels, over-sized appliance units, and even an outdated HVAC design can all be contributing in part or alone to the poor airflow your home or business is experiencing. To improve the HVAC system’s performance with increased airflow, and perhaps avoid costlier remedies by waiting too long, call Agape Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing to diagnose your New York home or business and let us find and repair the issue of your low airflow.