What Causes Restricted Air Flow in Your Air Conditioner?

Your air conditioner may be perfectly good at cooling the air, but that doesn’t mean much if it can’t circulate the air through your home. In centralized systems, cool air is distributed through your ductwork via a fan to all the corners of your home. But when the air flow is restricted, that can’t happen. Your air conditioner thus needs to spend unnecessary energy to properly cool your home, and wear and tear on individual systems increases: raising the chances of a major breakdown as well as increasing your monthly bills. With summers becoming increasingly hot and humid in Portland, OR, a repair session is the last thing you need. So what causes restricted air flow in your air conditioner? Here’s a list of the most common culprits.

  • Blockages. Dust build-up in the ducts, bend or damaged ducts walls, clogs in the line and the like will have a detrimental impact on air flow. This is likely the culprit if the restricted air flow is limited to one section of your house.
  • Duct Breaches. Similarly, a breach in your duct can pull air out of your system, which will slow down the flow of air.
  • A Damaged Fan. The fan is responsible for blowing the air through your system, so it only makes sense that if the blades are bent or damaged, or the fan belt is having difficulties, that it will affect the passage of air.
  • A Damaged Motor. The fan’s motor is responsible for powering it, so if it runs into trouble, the fan itself won’t be able to do its job.
  • Electrical Issues. The motor depends on electricity to run. If it’s struggling, the trouble may be with frayed or loose electrical wiring, or possible an issue with your household electrical systems.

Whatever the causes, you need expert help from The Clean Air Act to solve the problem of low air flow. Call us today! 

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