Your home in Fredericksburg, VA, must have good airflow for effective heating and cooling. Here are four common airflow hindrances you may encounter.

1. Dirty Air Filters

A dirty air filter is the most common problem any HVAC system experiences. Filters remove most airborne contaminants before they can enter your HVAC system. However, as your filter collects these contaminants, the amount of air passing through it slowly erodes.

Dirty filters left in place for a long time add strain to your system as it runs. This strain leads to parts wearing out prematurely, increasing the need for cooling and heating repairs.

2. A Failing Circulating Fan Motor

Your circulating fan motor may need a replacement before your system wears out. When your circulating fan motor gets close to failing, it may spin more slowly, reducing the airflow it generates.

3. Blocked or Closed Registers

To move the air throughout your home, your system must draw it in and push it out. It creates low pressure at the intake vent and high pressure at the output vents.

Blocked or closed vents prevent the system from creating these pressures. Keep at least a 2-inch clearance above and around your vents, and keep your vents open.

4. Dirty Heat Exchanger or Evaporator Coil

Small particles flow through your air filter and settle in your system. The common areas they will collect on include the heat exchanger and evaporator coil, restricting airflow as contaminants accumulate. When you have professional seasonal maintenance, a technician will clean these areas to keep air flowing freely.

Don’t allow simple problems to ruin your HVAC system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. Call today to schedule your seasonal HVAC maintenance with the expert technicians at Custom/Design Heating & Air Conditioning. Our talented team will take care of all your HVAC needs.

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