When it comes to your HVAC systems, it is crucial that there is adequate airflow. Without it, you will not be comfortable inside your home. Not only that, but your air conditioning and heating unit will also suffer from unnecessary damage and premature wear and tear due to the fact that airflow issues can and will increase the overall amount of stress on the system and possibly result in breakdowns. Now, there are a number of reasons that poor airflow can occur, but here are a few of the most common:
1. Your Air Filter Is Clogged.
Over time, your air filter will become dirty and clogged with dirt, dust, pet dander and other various debris. When this happens, air will not freely flow through the system. Therefore, at the first sign of inadequate airflow, you need to check the air filter. It is the easiest and most inexpensive fix, and it is also a fix that you can do on your own without having to call an expert. If your filter is dirty and clogged, replace it with a clean one or clean it if it is a reusable air filter.
2. You Have Blocked Vents.
Another reason that you may be dealing with inadequate airflow is because some of your vents are closed or covered. So, aside from the air filter, make sure that you also check all of your vents. You want to ensure that they are all open and that none of them have been blocked with rugs, furniture, toys, etc.
3. Your Blower Motor Malfunctioned.
The blower motor is the part of your HVAC unit that moves cold air from the unit into the home. If it has malfunctioned, then you won't experience adequate airflow. The blower motor may be suffering from a loose belt, worn down bearings, a dirty wheel, or something else entirely. The first thing you should do is to make sure your thermostat is correctly set and that the unit has power. If those are good and the blower motor is still not engaging, then there is a good chance that something is wrong with it and you will need to call in an expert HVAC technician to have a closer look.
4. You Have Ductwork Issues.
Inadequate airflow can also be caused by issues in your ducting system. When there are leaks in the ducting, it allows cool air to leave the duct system before it can ever make it to the living areas of your home. You won't just be dealing with restricted airflow, but you will also be dealing with an HVAC system that is overworking in order to try to compensate for the loss of energy. This all happens when sections of the ducting become loose and detach. If you are able to access the ductwork, you might be able to detect the problems on your own. However, it is always recommended to have a professional, such as from Amc Cool Air, inspect your home's duct system for its efficiency and functionality.