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Common Causes for HVAC Airflow Issues

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Have you ever had issues with HVAC airflow? If not, then you’re very lucky. HVAC airflow issues are one of the most common problems that you can have with your heating and cooling system. 

When you have HVAC airflow issues, it can make you feel like a prisoner in your own home. And until you bring an HVAC professional in to fix things, your home will continue to be seriously uncomfortable.

But how will you know when you need to call in a professional, and what is causing the problem? If you’re not comfortable in your own home, it’s time to check for these small yet significant problems. 

Keep reading to discover the most common causes of HVAC airflow problems.

Dirty or Damaged Coils

A significant part of your HVAC system involves the condenser coils. These coils help manage your HVAC system’s internal temperature and prevent it from overheating. However, since they are outside and exposed to the outside elements, they can quickly get dirty or damaged.

When this happens, you need to call in an HVAC professional to fix the poor airflow. The best way to prevent this issue is by having regular professional maintenance checks, which should keep this from happening again anytime soon.

Leaking Ducts

Many problems can occur within your air ducts. These ducts can become damaged and start leaking. The result? You have less air being circulated throughout your home and the temperature is not as consistent as it should be.

Once again, we recommend calling an HVAC professional to help you fix this issue before things get any worse. The first step they will take is to inspect all of your ducts for leaks or damage. If they find any, think how much money you’ll be saving in the long run by getting these problems fixed early.

Lower Refrigerant Levels

Sometimes, poor cooling performance means that your HVAC unit is leaking refrigerant. The leaking process is usually very slow. As a result of this, you may notice your energy bills creeping up alongside the temperature for months. When this happens, your HVAC system may have a refrigerant leak.

Professional help is the only way to ensure that your cooling system is fixed correctly and efficiently. Such professionals can verify whether a leak is happening or not, and they know exactly what your refrigerant levels should be. And, of course, they can repair the leaks, top off the refrigerant, and help you keep your cool once again.

Checking refrigerant levels to diagnose HVAC airflow issues

HVAC Airflow Issues You Can Fix Yourself

Above, we have outlined some of the major causes of HVAC airflow issues that basically require professional help. But you may be interested to discover that there are several other causes of HVAC problems that you can take care of on your own.

For example, some issues are caused by clogged filters. If you change the filters out regularly (say, every three months or so), you may have better airflow.

These days, air conditioning units actually come with pre-installed reusable filters. But you can also purchase separate specialty air filters to help improve your overall HVAC air quality and airflow. There are even specially designed filters that can do a much better job than any other filter would.

Finally, a common cause of airflow problems is blocked vents or registers. By opening the vents and clearing the registers of anything that may be covering them, you can seriously boost performance and have a more comfortable house.

Your Next Move

Now you know the leading causes of HVAC airflow issues and how to solve some of them on your own. But do you know who to call for the issues that need a professional touch?

Here at JDC Heating & Cooling, we specialize in keeping Pittsburgh at the perfect temperature, one house at a time. And on top of keeping you cool, we know how to improve air quality throughout your home to help protect you and your family.

Contact us today to see what we can do for your HVAC airflow!