To keep your HVAC system in top shape and extend its life span, you should schedule a visit from a professional air conditioner service at least once a year, and also perform basic maintenance yourself between those visits. One of the most important tasks is changing your filter. This is important not only for your home’s air quality, but also to keep your system running efficiently and avoid unnecessary strain that could damage your equipment.
Keeping Your Filters Fresh
Why Your Filter Needs to Be Changed
As your air conditioner runs, it uses fans to pull air through the filter, past the refrigerator coil, and out into your home. If the filter is clogged by an accumulation of dust, the fans have to work harder to move the air. This can result in less cold air being blown into your home—not to mention the danger of burning out the fan motors.
When to Change Your Filters
Most air conditioner filters are designed to be changed every one to three months, with a few types lasting up to six months. Your filter should list its recommended life span on the packaging. Become familiar with your home’s particular needs, as some houses produce more dust and debris and will need more frequent air conditioner service and filter changes. To determine if a filter is full, take it out of the air conditioner and hold it up to the light. If you can’t see the light shining through it, it’s full and needs to be replaced.
Some air conditioners use washable, reusable air filters. They follow the same rules as disposable filters, but instead of replacing them, you should remove them, wash them with clean water, and allow them to air dry before returning them to their original place.
If you need help replacing or locating your home’s air filters, B&B Plumbing and Heating in Oxford, OH, is here to help. For more than 30 years, their skilled and experienced technicians have provided 24/7 service for heating, cooling, and plumbing emergencies. They’ve built a reputation for customer satisfaction and quality handiwork. Whether you need routine air conditioner service or an emergency plumber, contact them today at (513) 523-4010 or online.