Does Yours Need a Change or a Clean?
Your air conditioner filter has a big responsibility when it comes to cleaning your indoor air. It’s responsible for keeping dust, pollen, dirt and other debris from accumulating inside your HVAC system and ductwork.
During regular maintenance, the air conditioner filter is changed. Just remember, it needs checked every month and replaced every 2 to 3 months.
A clogged air conditioner filter compromises your indoor air quality by letting pollutants escape into your air and build-up on the surfaces inside your home. Dirty filters also restrict airflow throughout your cooling system, forcing your unit to work harder to cool your home.
If you don’t replace your filter often enough, you will notice higher energy bills. You also may need more frequent HVAC repairs to replace worn out parts.
KS Services wants you to know where to find your air conditioner filter, how to gauge how dirty it is, and the steps involved to replace it.
If you still don’t feel comfortable changing or cleaning your filter on your own, call KS Services to schedule a tune-up on your air conditioning system. Our NATE-certified technicians will ensure your system is operating efficiently and you are breathing healthy air in no time!
Do You Know Where Your Air Conditioner Filter Is?
The first step in filter maintenance is to locate the air conditioner filter. Changing the filter is the easy part but finding it can be tricky. There are a few places to look:
- Return Air Duct: Some units have the filter located in the return air duct. This area is located where the air conditioner air handler pulls air back in. If you own a larger system with multiple air handlers, the filter can be located in any of these areas.
- Blower System: Heating and cooling systems sharing the same ducts might share the same air filter. Check in or near the blower system for the furnace. The filter might be in the front of the furnace near the bottom.
If you still can’t seem to locate the air conditioner filter, call KS Services. Our HVAC experts will help you find your filter and show you how to properly change it next time.
Steps to Replacing Your Filter
Once you locate the filter, the second step is to choose the right replacement filter for your air conditioner. If you can see your current filter easily, check the side. Many filters print the air conditioner filter size there.
Filters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so finding the perfect one is important to your health and air conditioner’s performance. If you aren’t sure of the size, contact KS Services to help you.
Once you have the correct air conditioner filter and know where your current filter is located, it’s time to replace it:
- Turn off the power for safety. Your air conditioner uses electricity harmful to you, or you can damage your equipment. Removing the old air conditioner filter while the power is one can result in dust and dirt getting sucked into your unit. Turn the unit off itself and at the circuit breaker.
- Check the condition of the filter. If no dirt or buildup is present on the filter, put it back and check it again next month. If the air conditioner filter looks dirty or grey in color, it’s time to replace it or clean it.
- Replace/clean the air conditioner filter. If you are using disposable filters, you will throw the old one away and insert the new filter. Disposable filters are usually framed in cardboard with a fiber mesh surface.
A reusable filter is sturdier with a metal frame. Check the manufacturer’s instructions if you have a reusable filter. Most permanent filters need a simple rinse with water and air dry or use a vacuum to clear away the dust.
- Ensure the filter has been inserted correctly before leaving the area. There is an arrow on the filter’s frame which indicates the direction air should flow through the filter. The arrow should point toward the air handler and away from the return duct.
Changing the filter is as easy as 1, 2, 3 when you know where to look! If you are concerned at any time about how to change your air conditioner filter, call KS Services.
Our licensed heating and air professionals know everything about HVAC systems, including finding and replacing your air conditioner filter.