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What Happens When You Don’t Clean Your AC Filter?

What would happen if you never changed the oil in your car? Or if you stopped answering your text messages? How about if you stopped brushing your teeth or taking a shower? Well, it’s quite clear where we’re going here – if you stopped doing any of these things, chaos would likely ensue. So, what does that have to do with your air conditioner filter? If you stopped paying attention to it, just like the scenarios listed above, you’d find yourself in a world of trouble.

Dust Jams

Part of the air filter’s job is to trap dust and dirt. Why? Well, if it gets into the moving parts, like fan motors or valves, it can cause them to jam up and stop working. As a result, the system can try to draw more power which can cause it to burn out completely or use more energy than it needs to.

Freezing Up

If you haven’t cleaned or replaced the filter in a while and your air conditioner just isn’t blowing cold air like it used to, it could mean the system has frozen up. Dirty filters restrict the flow of cold air which can cause it to build up inside the air conditioner. The final result could be the formation of ice on the coils.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Anyone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma? A dirty filter can make their symptoms much worse. How? Clogged filters can cause allergens to build up in the duct system and then release into the air you breathe each time the system kicks on.

With that said, take this as a reminder to change or replace your air filter. It only takes a few minutes and it makes a world of difference.

Need your air conditioning system serviced or repaired? You’ve come to the right place. The expert HVAC techs at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling have over 100 years of experience and there’s no job too big or too small. Call us today at (612) 324-1004.

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