With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your air conditioning system. When things go wrong and the house stays warm, it’s easy to assume that your AC is the culprit, but more times than not the lackluster cooling is actually caused by poor airflow. In this article, we show you five potential causes of poor airflow in your Robert Lee, TX home.
1. Dirty Filter
Keeping up with maintenance isn’t just important for your furnace but for your air conditioner as well. You’ll need to change filters regularly, about once every two to three months unless you notice problems sooner. If they become clogged, airflow will lessen, and either your AC will work overtime or your home will feel sticky and warm.
2. Leaky Ductwork
Old ductwork often develops holes and cracks over time as a natural part of the aging process. These affect the flow of air from room to room, leading to performance issues.
3. Blocked Vents
Something as simple as a couch over a vent in your home impedes airflow and leads to hot and cold spots throughout the home. Prevent this by keeping furniture a few feet away from any vent in your home.
4. Dirty Coils
The condenser unit or outside portion of your air conditioning unit is constantly exposed to the elements as well as to falling leaves and debris. When the coils inside get dirty and clogged, it’s harder for air to pass over them.
5. Low Refrigerant Levels
If it feels like the performance of your air conditioner is sluggish as of late, it may be due to poor airflow caused by a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant, the substance that your AC uses to create cold air, sometimes leaks. When levels drop past a certain point, performance will suffer until an eventual complete shutdown or until repairs get made.
Think your HVAC system needs a thorough inspection? Give the experts at Bowles Heating and Cooling a call and ask to schedule your maintenance appointment today!
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