When was the last time you took a good look at your air conditioner’s filter? If you haven’t checked on it over the last few months, it is a good idea to do so. Maybe you’ve never checked your AC filter, or never knew you needed to because it is a part of your regularly scheduled AC maintenance in Everett, WA.
Whether you are late on a filter check or late on your yearly tune-up, you want to make sure that the filter is clean and clear. A dirty air filter can cause a lot of problems for your AC system and your home comfort. There is a reason we check your filter each time we perform maintenance on your system. But do you know why we do this? If not, we’d like to tell you a bit more about the importance of your filter.
The Role Your AC Filter Plays
Contrary to what many people may think, your AC filter does not work to protect your home from dirty air. Instead, this filter is meant to help keep the internal parts of your air conditioner dust and debris-free. As you can imagine, if this filter becomes clogged with too much airborne debris, it will cause problems for your AC system overall.
The Consequence of “A Little Dirt”
We’ve all heard the phrase, “A little dirt never hurt anybody.” Well, in this case, that line is a lie. A little too much dirt on your AC filter can do a lot of harm to your air conditioning system and your home comfort. Here are some of the consequences of letting your air filter collect too much dirt:
- Poor airflow: When your air filter is packed with dust and dirt, it is going to seriously hinder the airflow that is able to enter the air conditioner. This will, of course, reduce the amount of cool air that your system is able to create.
- A dirty evaporator coil: A clogged up air filter will eventually start to allow the excess dirt and debris into the system simply because there is nowhere else for it to go. This will start to collect on the evaporator coil, which can hinder the cooling process.
- An icy AC: Whether your evaporator coil is dirty, or the air filter is hindering airflow, or it is a combination of both, a dirty air filter can lead to an air conditioner that starts to ice over. This will, of course, cause problems for the cooling process and also cause serious damage to the unit over time.
When it comes to caring for your AC system, there is only so much you can do without the aid of a professional technician. Whether you need a reminder to change the air filter or you need a helping hand to get the job done, G & S Heating Cooling & Electric can provide the service you need. We also offer yearly maintenance checks that keep your system functioning and your air filter clean.
Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric to schedule an appointment.