A/C Problems Caused by a Dirty Air Filter

Very dusty and dirty air conditioner

Though clogged air filters are one of the most common problems affecting the functionality of air conditioner systems, the filter is usually the most ignored item of your HVAC system, that in fact needs the most attention. Clogged air filters cause your AC to operate at a lower efficiency which means it does not cool your house as well as it should, and can end up costing you more money in the long run.

So, what are the potential problems caused by a dirty A/C filter and how can you provide a quick fix to get your system back up and running the way it should? Find out some of the most common problems below and actions you can take now to remedy them before they turn into bigger issues.

What Problems is my Dirty Filter Causing?

  • Overheating: When your HVAC system filter is clogged or dirty, this may cause your air conditioner to overheat. When the filter is blocked, your AC has to work harder to keep up. This puts more pressure on the unit and can cause it to become overheated.
  • Increased Energy Usage: If your AC is required to work harder than usual, it will consume more energy than it usually does. This means that your utility bills will rise as a result of your AC working harder to keep you cool than it normally has to.
  • Unclean Air: If your air conditioner is not functioning properly, this means that your air may become stagnant and unhealthy. Cleaning your filter is an important step in ensuring that you have healthy indoor air for you and your family.
  • Uncomfortable temperatures: One of the most obvious problems caused by a dirty air filter is your indoor air not cooling to the desired temperature. Inadequate cooling will lead to uncomfortably warm temperatures in your home. If you notice that your house is unusually warm or not cooling to your desired temperature, you should consider checking your air filter.

Inserting a clean filter into the hvac furnace

How to Deal with a Dirty Air Filter

If the problems you are experiencing are caused by a dirty air filter, the good news is that there are simple solutions you can try before calling in a professional.

To clean your air filter, you can simply take the filter out of your furnace, remove the dirt and thoroughly clean the filter by running it under warm water. After letting the filter dry thoroughly, you can reinstall it to the system. If you are still experiencing problems, it may be time to purchase a new filter as a replacement.

If you have cleaned your filter or purchased a new one and are still experiencing problems with the cooling in your home, you may need to contact a qualified ClimateCare HVAC professional.

Have more questions about your air filter or AC unit? Contact us at ClimateCare today, we’d be happy to chat with you!