Can a Dirty Filter Cause Your AC to Stop Working?

As a result of the buildup, a dirty filter will also cause poor cold air flow in the air conditioning system. That cold air will be trapped inside the air conditioner, leading to ice forming on the coils and eventually causing the unit to freeze and stop working. If your home has an HVAC system, a clogged air filter can prevent the oven from heating. Dirt and dust accumulated on the oven air filter will restrict airflow, causing heat to build up in the heat exchanger.

This can result in your air conditioner not blowing air, not turning on, or simply not appearing to work properly. Not only will this require you to pay for a unit to be repaired, but you may even have to replace it before it has passed its normal 10-15 year lifespan. To keep your air conditioner running efficiently for longer, it is important to clean the filter regularly and replace it when it cannot be cleaned. If there is excess dirt on the filter, the air conditioner will struggle to cool the entire room or house.

Most homeowners tend to forget to change their filters until the day the air conditioner stops working. If your air conditioner has a reusable filter, you'll need to handle it with care to ensure it keeps your air conditioner running at peak efficiency. To clean the reusable filter, remove it from the air conditioning unit and rinse it in a tub or sink with warm water. Try to clean the reusable filter at a time when the air conditioner doesn't need to be turned on anyway, such as on a cold night.

If you leave the filter dirty for too long, moisture can also build up, which can lead to mold infestation. Short cycles can occur when you have a dirty air filter. This means you'll need to go to a local factory authorized dealer to get models directly from the manufacturer of your air conditioner, not a one-size-fits-all filter from a hardware store. For more information on troubleshooting your air conditioner, feel free to contact Morris Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning at (979) 610-0338. For the rest of the year, it is generally acceptable every 3-4 months, although you should refer to the recommendations for your specific unit. Come to Ambient Edge today and enjoy that sweeter, cleaner and fresher air once again.

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