One of the important components in a central air conditioner is the air filter. The air filter is located between the return vents and the interior of the indoor evaporator unit of the AC, where the filter catches dust and debris that can come in from the house. The air filter prevents this contamination from reaching the interior of the cabinet. It has some limited use for preventing dust and dirt from getting into your home’s air, although this is not its main purpose. (Proper air filtration for better indoor air quality requires specially designed and installed filters.)
The air filter on your AC should be changed once a month when the cooling system is in regular operation. If the air conditioner uses a permanent filter, the filter should be cleaned once a month using a garden hose put on low pressure. Without this regular changing/cleaning, the filter will soon develop clogging, and this can cause serious problems for your AC and may lead to repairs.
If you require air conditioning repair in West Palm Beach, FL because of issues from a clogged filter, call Astro Air Inc. We offer 24-hour emergency service for whenever you need us.
There are two major ways that air filter clogging will cause air conditioning repair needs:
- Dust and dirt contamination inside the cabinet: The air filter will not be able to do its job effectively if it becomes heavily clogged. Eventually, debris will start to infiltrate the cabinet. This can cause damage to mechanical parts, particularly the blower motor, and also interfere with electrical connections. One of the main reasons for blower motor failure is excessive dust across the moving parts. In some extreme cases, excessive clogging can even cause the filter to collapse inward into the air conditioning cabinet, which can create serious damage.
- Icing over the coil: Clogs in the air filter will restrict airflow into the cabinet and across the evaporator coil, which will make it harder for the coil to absorb heat. As its heat absorption power drops, the refrigerant inside the coil will remain cold, causing it to turn water moisture along the coil into ice. As ice develops, even less heat will make it to the coil, and the process will continue, eventually stopping heat exchange altogether. At the first indication of ice on the evaporator coil, you need to call for repairs.
Aside from these repair troubles, clogged air filters will also cause a rise in your air conditioning bills and will weaken airflow from the vents, leading to poor quality cooling. Make sure that you stay consistent with changing the air filter so you can avoid all these problems. Call Astro Air Inc. if you need assistance with air conditioning repair in West Palm Beach, FL.