Healthy air flow throughout your air conditioning system is critical to its operation. A decrease in the amount of air flowing through the system can cause a number of problems, some potentially larger than others. And of course, it directly affects your comfort level.
First, let’s take a look at the ways airflow can become restricted.
Potential Causes of Air Flow Decrease
There are a few ways your airflow can become obstructed:
- Bent fins on the outside unit (part of the condenser)
- Broken fans
- Blockages in the ductwork
- Dirty air filter
How Decreased Air Flow Affects Your AC
The best way to demonstrate how decreased air flow to your system can cause problems is to look at how it can affect specific components:
Air flow can become obstructed in the condenser unit when the fins are bent or the fan is malfunctioning and/or broken. Once the air flow process is interrupted, the condenser can no longer release heat as needed, resulting in the refrigerant not cooling as needed.
Low air flow in the evaporator means that it can become too cool, which may lead to icing on the evaporator coils.
If the refrigerant from the evaporator is too cool, the compressor has to work extra hard to pressurize the refrigerant into a gas. This overworking can lead to overheating and potential breakdown of the compressor itself.
Reduced Airflow in Ductwork
If the duct/ducts in your property are blocked, the air flow going into and out of your system is decreased. This means less delivery of cool air to your indoors and less removal of heat and humidity outdoors.
Overall Stress on the System
Air flow obstruction affects the entire air conditioning system, which can put excessive strain on the system itself. Excessive strain can lead to premature wear-and-tear, potentially setting up your components to malfunction or even breakdown.
Air Not Flowing Properly? Call Air on Demand
Air conditioning in Miami during the summer months is an essential, so if you are experiencing low air flow in your system, it’s best to have a professional inspect your air conditioner as soon as possible. Call Air on Demand today and schedule your air conditioner for an inspection.