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Do Clogged Filters Affect AC Operation and Affect Airflow?

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Taking good care of your air conditioning system will ensure that your system keeps you cool for years to come. Regular maintenance is also highly recommended by the air conditioning servicing and maintenance experts here at Vanak Mechanical. Keeping your system in good, working order will reduce expensive repair costs in the future. Most problems faced by those with problematic AC units are a result of clogged filters. Did you ever wonder why something so simple has such a big effect on your bills and HVAC system?

Why Do I Need An Air Filter?

Your air filter is what cleans the air that comes through your unit and flows around your home. It filters out germs, pollen, dust and other debris that can be harmful to your health, or cause bad odors.

What Can Happen When Your Air Filter Is Clogged

There are a few things that can happen when your air filter is clogged, and none of them are desirable. A clogged air filter will have its airflow reduced, which can cause the fan to work overtime. Your unit can also ice over, which can cause damage when the ice thaws. In some cases, your AC will stop cooling air completely leaving you with an uncomfortable inside temperature level. The fan in your unit also has a chance of becoming overheated and breaking down as well as your compressor being overworked which can also lead to a breakdown.

Change Your Air Filters

Dirty air filters can compromise the quality of the circulated air and could cause greater problems with your air conditioning system. It is recommended that you change your filters once a month or once every two months. This will ensure that your system works properly and you will minimize the chance of expensive repairs in the future. Clogged air filters can cause fans to work harder and your system is more likely to fail when you need it most. Changing your air filters regularly will extend the lifespan of your air conditioner and you will breathe easier knowing they are clean.

Cleaning and replacing the filters is one of the most important air conditioning tips you should remember. Not only can you prevent allergies, but you can increase the efficiency of the units when they don’t have to work so hard to disperse cold air through clogged filters.

Clogs Increase Energy Use

In commercial buildings, half of the energy cost stems from the HVAC systems, and most of that is wastage due to faulty, dirty or clogged air filtration. Clogged filters make your fans work twice as hard to push the same amount of air through the vents, which in turn increases your bills. Cleaning and replacing clogged filters is one option, but opting for advanced no clog filters will reduce your energy consumption drastically.

Preventative Maintenance Program

The first step in extending the life of your air conditioning system is taking preventative measures. You can stop problems from happening and keep your system running through the hottest days of the year. To get started on your new air conditioning servicing and maintenance program, talk to Vanak Mechanical at (416) 278-3895 today.