Keeping your air conditioner in good shape is a high priority during the summer, when stress on the system is greatest. The best way to make sure that your air conditioner is in good shape, of course, is to schedule regular preventive maintenance during the spring/summer. However, there is at least one thing that you personally can do to make sure that your air conditioner stays in good shape over the next few months. That thing is: changing the air filter.
Why the Air Filter is Important
The air filter is a pretty simple part of the air conditioner, but it’s also an important one. The filter is a fiber mesh that sits in the air return duct for the air conditioner so that all air entering the system must pass through it first. Dust and other kinds of debris that might otherwise harm the air conditioner become snared in the fibers of the filter, allowing the system to continue operating properly. While the filter is good at its job, it does have a problem: it cannot get rid of the debris that it collects. If the air filter is not changed often enough, it will eventually become clogged to the point where it prevents a lot of air from entering the air conditioner. This both reduces the output level of the air conditioner and can cause further problems by forcing the system to work harder. This is why it’s so terribly important to change the air filter every few months, to prevent it from becoming clogged.
How to Change Your Air Filter
Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to change the air filter in your system. First, make sure that you have a replacement filter on hand. If you’re not sure what kind of replacement filter you should use, consult with an HVAC professional. That done, have a look at the air return duct for your system. That’s the area where the ducts meet the air conditioning system. There should be a flap or door somewhere in that area, which covers the air filter. Open it, and slide out the air filter. Take note of which direction the arrows on the end of the filter are pointing. Slide in the new filter, making sure that the arrows on the edge are pointing in the same direction as they were on the old filter. Once the new filter is installed, close the flap.
That’s all you need to do! You’ve successfully installed a new air filter in your air conditioner. Now, just make sure that you change the filter every three months or so to keep it clear. This is especially important during the summer, as more demand on the system will cause the air filter to clog faster.
Speedy Air Conditioning Service offers comprehensive air conditioning services in Stuart, FL. If you need air conditioner repair or maintenance services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We will help keep your home cool and comfortable this summer.