One of the most frustrating problems that can develop with air conditioners is when there isn’t enough cool air coming out of your supply vents. Even though your system is cooling down your home’s air properly, it’s not delivering enough of that air to be able to keep your home comfortable. Today we’re going to talk about some of the most common causes of low airflow in Coachella Valley homes and what you can do to avoid them!
6 common causes of low airflow in Coachella Valley homes
- Air filter is clogged. This is by far one of the most common causes of low airflow in homes. If you don’t regularly change your air filter, it will become completely covered in particles from your home’s air. This severely diminishes the airflow through your system because the blower won’t be able to effectively move air through the filter.
- Air filter is too efficient for the system. Every air conditioner is designed to work with air filters up to a specific MERV rating. If you install a filter with a MERV rating that’s too high for your system, it will lower your home’s airflow because your air handler won’t be powerful enough to push air through the filter.
- Blower issues. Your air conditioner’s blower is the component that is responsible for pushing air through your ducts. If the blower encounters any performance issues, those problems will directly impact your home’s airflow. Some common blower issues include dirty fan blades, a malfunctioning motor and a loose fan belt.
- Closed or block vents. If any of your home’s supply or return vents are partially closed or blocked by furniture, your rooms won’t receive as much air as they should. In situations like this, air will be moving through your ducts just fine, but the blocked vents will prevent that air from exiting your ducts and cooling down your rooms.
- Frozen evaporator coils. There are a number of reasons why your air conditioner can develop frozen evaporator coils. When this happens, the ice that builds up on the coils can slow down the flow of air that blows over them.
- Leaky ductwork. Over time, ducts can develop cracks, holes and disconnections. When this happens, some of the air that’s intended for your rooms will escape out of the ducts before it reaches its destination.
How to ensure your air conditioner maintains good airflow
The easiest way to ensure your air conditioner maintains good airflow is to check and/or change your filter every month. Not only will this prevent airflow issues caused by the filter itself, but it will also help prevent other problems that affect airflow like dirty fan blades and frozen evaporator coils. In addition, walk through your home and make sure that all of your vents are completely open and clear of obstructions.
Hyde’s can also help ensure that your air conditioner has proper airflow. For one, give us a call to have your ducts inspected. We’ll look for leaks in your ductwork and seal up any of them that we find. In addition, schedule an air conditioner tune-up with us every year. During a tune-up, we’ll test your system’s airflow, take care of any performance problems that we uncover and perform maintenance tasks that will help prevent airflow problems in the months to come.
If you have any questions about the causes of low airflow, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Indio, CA, air conditioning contractor.