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Your Central Air Conditioner Needs a Fresh Filter

man-in-front-of-fanChances are that you (hopefully) know that your air conditioning system needs to be regularly maintained and tuned-up if you hope for it to function at peak performance and efficiency levels. Hopefully, you also realize that there is one integral step in the maintenance of your air conditioning system that you can and should handle on your own as need be. This is the changing of your air filter. If faced with a perpetually dirty filter, your air conditioner in Cartersville, GA is really going to struggle to do its job.

While annual AC maintenance is a must, changing out the air filter once a year is simply not enough. You cannot wait for your technician to do it at each maintenance appointment. Most of these filters ought to be changed every 1 to 3 months, though this will vary according to a number of factors. Review the following information, and be sure to give us a call if you have any questions regarding your AC filter or how to change it.

Problems Caused By Dirty Air Filters

Okay, you may be thinking, I’ll change the filter. But is it really that serious? It may seem like a minor box to check, but a dirty air filter can lead to a lot of different problems. Your air conditioner is not going to suddenly break down because you skipped a change or two, but long-term damage is a real possibility.

One potential result of an extremely dirty air filter is a decline in indoor air quality. While the primary function of this filter is to protect your HVAC system itself from problems caused by the buildup of pollutants, failing to change it can definitely result in reduced indoor air quality. In fact, if the filter is clogged up enough, then air and the pollutants in them may have an easier time passing around the filter than actually going through it.

Short cycling is another potential side effect of a dirty air filter, and one that can take a toll on any air conditioning system. Short cycling is when the system starts back up and shuts down again too frequently. When faced with too much airflow resistance, the system can overheat, triggering it to shut down. The wear and tear of starting up over and over agin can do damage to your system while driving up energy costs.

Plus, there is the matter of icing to consider. No, we’re not talking about the icing on the cake–we’re talking about icing on your evaporator coil, and that is a big problem. If the filter is dirty it will restrict airflow, and the evaporator coil won’t be able to absorb enough heat as refrigerant evaporates within it. That will cause the coil to get too cold, condensation to freeze on it, and the resulting insulating barrier to impede the process even further. Clearly, a fresh filter is well worth your time and the few dollars it will cost.

Moody Heating and Air Conditioning is here for your AC service needs.

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