How to Replace Your Air Conditioning Filter, and How Often
When people discover that their air conditioning unit is no longer working as it once did, they are unsure of what the problem is. Oftentimes, they start to look at the unit itself to see if they can discover the issue, but during the process, they may neglect one important component: the filters. Just because your air conditioner isn’t blowing air as strong as it once did doesn’t mean it’s broken. It could simply be that the filter has compiled dust and dirt, which is preventing the air from flowing through as it should. This is a much simpler fix than having to replace a full air conditioning unit.
At Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we believe it’s important to know how to change your air conditioning filters, as well as how often they need to be changed. If you replace your air conditioning filter regularly and something still goes wrong, then you are able to eliminate this as an issue if your air conditioning unit isn’t working properly. Before you look into other issues, make sure you check and change the filter. Our team can explain how you replace your air conditioning filter and how often it should be changed.
Replacing an AC Filter
Before you can even really do anything, you need to locate the air filter in your home. Check behind the main vent or somewhere near the unit itself. Remove it and see if the filter is dirty and needs replaced. Once you have located your filter, you have to identify what kind it is. Is it fiberglass, pleated, media, or any other kind of filter? This information often lets you know how often they should be replaced. Now that you know what kind of filter you need, you can go buy a new filter from the store.
Once you get back, make sure you properly install the new filter back into place. Follow the instructions included with the new filter to make sure it’s on correctly. If you did it properly, you will be able to turn on the air conditioner and it should feel like new again. In some units, such as window units, the filter is usually located right behind the area where the cool air comes out. If you are not replacing these types of filters, make sure you clean them at least once a month to prevent a backup of dirt and dust.
How Often to Change an AC Filter
Now that you know how to change your AC filter, you should know how often to change it so your air conditioner can work at an optimal level. There are a number of factors to consider that can change the amount of time needed before you have to change your filter. First, there are different types of filters and they usually have manufacturer recommendations on how often to change them. However, if you have bad air quality in your area, this may necessitate a change more often. This is true in areas with excessive air pollution or if there is construction nearby that could put dust and dander through your system and attach onto the filter.
If you have allergies, pets, or a large number of people in the home, these are all factors that could shorten the amount of time you have to change a filter. For people with allergies, there are various allergens that can build up on the filter and the longer you leave it, the more susceptible you are to them. With the amount of hair pets have, this can also be clogging your filter and causing the air to work at a less than optimal rate.
If you are struggling to change your air conditioner filter, or if you have changed the filter and determined that it is not the problem, we encourage you to call our HVAC team at Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We have been serving Indiana and Ohio with excellent service since we opened our doors. We understand how bad air quality can affect a home and how dirty or bad air filters can cause your air conditioning unit to work harder and use more energy. We take the necessary steps to provide the fix you need so you can move forward without having to worry about your AC.
Call us today and learn what services we can provide. When it comes to air conditioner repair, replacement, and maintenance, we get the job done right.