3 Reasons Your Air Conditioner’s Airflow is Weak
When you have an air conditioner in your home, you rely on the flow of cool air to help keep you comfortable. You know that when you hear the system click on, there will be air blowing from your vents not long after and that air is crucial for maintaining a consistent temperature throughout your home.
So when airflow is weak, it could signal a problem with your air conditioner. And it’s not something to ignore. Weak airflow means less cool air is getting circulated, and your air conditioner will need to run more often, costing you more money.
Here are three reasons your air conditioner may not be blowing enough air.
1. Dirty Filter
The most common reason airflow is weak is due to a dirty or clogged air filter. As dust and debris build up in the filter, it restricts airflow until it’s barely even coming out of your vents. This could make your system work harder, costing more in utilities, and may even cause your system to freeze.
Aim to replace your filter every 30 to 90 days, depending on how fast it fills up.
2. Leaking Air Ducts
Air ducts account for a ton of air loss in homes, and a leak could be making it hard for the air to reach your vents. That’s wasted AC and wasted money.
If your airflow feels weak, inspect your filter first, then take a look at your air ducts for any visible breaks or cracks. You may need a professional to check for a leak.
3. Blocked Vents
This may sound obvious, but make sure the dampers on your vents are all the way open. This is the easiest way to improve airflow. Just inspect each vent and ensure the damper blades are perpendicular to the floor. Also, keep furniture and other items away from the vents to avoid stifled airflow.