Most centralized air conditioners rely on a series of ducts to carry the air cooled by the system itself. A fan blows the air through the ducts to the various corners of your home, ensuring that your household is cooled in an even and efficient manner. Most homes in the Los Angeles, CA area use centralized air because it’s comparatively simple and reasonably efficient. That efficiency depends on airflow balance, however: the ability of the air to move through the home evenly. When that balance is disrupted, it can lead to problems not only for your air conditioning system, but for your whole home. Here’s the breakdown on how and why it’s an issue.
Signs of Trouble
Uneven airflow balance is usually an indicator of something specific that’s wrong with your system. In some cases, it might be a fairly simple problem, such as an air filter that’s overdue for replacing. It could also indicate a leak in your ducts pulling air out of the system, or an obstruction of some sort inside the ducts. In the most extreme cases, it could stem from a problem within the air conditioner itself, such as the fan motor suffering from issues or the fan itself becoming broken of misaligned.
Why That’s A Problem
Low air flow is a problem because it forces your air conditioner to work harder to do its job. That raises your monthly energy bills — already sky high during the summer in Southern California — and increases the risk of a more serious breakdown in your system. But low airflow can be hard to spot and because so many of these issues are tucked away out of sight, it could go one for months or even longer before you’re aware of the problems. By having a trained technician check your airflow balance, you can pinpoint the source of the problem and fix it before it costs you more money.
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