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Unraveling the Mystery: The Most Common HVAC Problem Homeowners Face

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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For homeowners, understanding the most common issues these systems face can be the first step toward ensuring their longevity and efficiency. Today, we're taking a closer look at what experts agree is the most prevalent HVAC problem: poor airflow.

The Airflow Dilemma: Why It Tops the List

Poor airflow within an HVAC system can happen in several ways, from uneven temperatures in different rooms to a decrease in the system's overall cooling or heating efficiency. But why is it such a widespread issue? The reasons are possible from simple maintenance oversights to system failures.

Clogged Filters: The Common Culprit

The simplest yet most common cause of poor airflow is a clogged air filter. Filters trap dust, pollen, and other airborne particles to prevent them from circulating through your home. Over time, these particles accumulate, restricting airflow and forcing your HVAC system to work harder. This not only decreases efficiency but can also lead to increased energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your system.

Solution: Regularly check and replace your HVAC air filters. Most manufacturers recommend doing this every 30 to 90 days, but households with pets or residents with allergies might need to do it more frequently. If your air filter is not getting "dirty" then call a professional because that air is going somewhere else!

Ductwork Disasters

Your home's ductwork is the highway your conditioned air travels on. If there's a blockage, leak, or poor design within this system, it can significantly impact airflow. Leaks in ductwork, for example, allow air to escape before it reaches its intended destination, while blockages can prevent air from passing through entirely.

Solution: Have your ductwork inspected by a professional. They can identify and seal leaks, clear blockages, and make recommendations for improving the system's design if necessary.

The Oversized or Undersized System Debate

Believe it or not, there's such a thing as an HVAC system that's too big or too small for your home. An oversized system can cool or heat your home too quickly, leading to short cycling, uneven temperatures, and moisture concerns. On the other hand, an undersized system will struggle to maintain comfortable temperatures, often resulting in poor airflow in areas farthest from the unit.

Solution: If you're experiencing consistent airflow issues, talk with an HVAC professional to determine if your system is the correct size for your home. They can perform a load calculation to ensure you have an appropriately sized unit.

Fan Issues

The fan in your HVAC system plays a critical role in circulating air throughout your home. If the fan isn't operating correctly—whether due to motor problems or electrical issues—airflow will suffer.

Solution: If you suspect the fan is the issue, it's time to call in a professional. They can diagnose the problem and recommend repairs or replacements as needed.

Preventing Airflow Issues Before They Start

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding the most common HVAC problem homeowners face. Scheduling regular check-ups with a qualified technician can catch minor issues before they become major problems, saving you time, money, and discomfort in the long run. Additionally, adopting good HVAC habits, like replacing filters and keeping vents unblocked (no plastic diffusers), can go a long way in maintaining optimal airflow.

​In conclusion, while poor airflow is a common issue, it's also one of the most manageable. By understanding the potential causes and taking proactive steps to address them, homeowners can keep their HVAC systems running smoothly, ensuring their homes remain comfortable no matter what the weather brings.

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Hi, I'm Derek Cole

GM, Simmons One Hour Heating and Air

With a career spanning over two decades in the HVAC industry, Derek Cole has climbed his way to becoming General Manager of Simmons One Hour. His impressive journey was recognized by News magazine who awarded him Top 40 under 40 honors, as well as Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise Player Spotlight feature. Notable networks such as CBS, FOX and NBC have also featured him discussing home comfort tips on their programs while publications like Huffington Post and Bloomberg Business highlight his success story with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® .

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