How to Clean the Filter in Your Air Conditioning System

During the summer, you need to take care of an important task to see that your air conditioner works at maximum efficiency until the colder weather arrives. The air filter, which blocks debris from entering through the return ducts and into the AC cabinet, will start to become clogged after a month of work. Unless you clean this filter each month during the summer, the congestion in the filter will hamper its abilities and result in elevated bills and possibly damage to the components.

Where to find the air filter

The filter for an air conditioner can be located in a number of different places. You should first look over the cabinet and find the place where the return duct connect with the air handler; the filter is probably located on the intake side of air handler in a slot. If it isn’t there, look behind the grill of the return vent in your home. If you have trouble finding the filter, ask for the help of an HVAC technician.

How to clean the filter

Some filters are temporary, and you need to replace them with a new filter each month. But if your AC has a permanent filter, you need to remove it and clean it off with the hose attachment from a vacuum. Then take the filter outside and use a garden hose on low pressure to wash off the rest of the dust and debris. Leave the filter on a towel to dry outside, and only put it back into the air conditioner when it is fully dry.

Remember to schedule professional maintenance

Cleaning the air filter is only one part of the routine maintenance that an air conditioner requires. The rest of the maintenance requires the work of an HVAC professional. Arrange to have this job done once a year before the summer heat arrives.

To schedule professional air conditioning maintenance or other AC services, contact Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating in Nashville, TN. We have served Middle Tennessee since 1970.

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