You may have heard before that you are supposed to clean or replace the air filter in your AC system once a year. You know it’s been a while since yours has been replaced, but do you really need to take action right away? What if you haven’t noticed any issues with the air in your home?
In the following guide, you’ll find 3 common issues cause by dirty filters. You might be surprised to learn just how much trouble they can cause.
High Energy Bills
You might actually be paying a lot for that dirty filter. When a filter is clogged up with dirt and debris, it’s harder for the blower fan to suck in air from around your home. This means that it takes a lot longer for the AC system to cool your home. And the longer and more frequently the air conditioner cycles, the more energy it uses. Changing the filter monthly may actually help to keep your bills low.
A Frozen Coil
The evaporator coil inside of your home gets very cool as the refrigerant inside of it absorbs heat from the air in your home. However, it’s certainly not meant to freeze. If it does, there’s something wrong with your AC system, and often it’s as simple as a dirty air filter.
A clogged filter stops warm air from reaching the coil, which may cause it to freeze. This makes it harder for the heat exchange process to take place, and your AC system may begin to wear down from the disruption in performance.
Finally, your air conditioner may fail prematurely if it’s not getting the airflow it needs. Over time, this can have a major effect on the air conditioner, which overcompensates for the lack of airflow by working harder than it needs to. A shorter lifespan is something that no one wants from their air conditioner, and changing the filter once a month is one easy way to prevent this.
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