During the hot summer days an air conditioner is a fundamental electrical appliance in most homes. So, to make sure you keep your air conditioner in great condition we will discuss why changing an air conditioner filter is important and how to do it yourself.
Why You Should Change Your Air Conditioner Filter?
Changing your air conditioner filter regularly will extend the life of the appliance and save you money from having to purchase a new one. If the filter is not clean the air conditioner will have to work twice as hard to keep your house cool.
Pet owners must keep in mind that pet dander can easily clog an air filter and this is especially important for those who suffer from asthma or have small children.
How Often Should You Change Your Filter?
Depending on how often you use your air conditioner the filter should be changed at least every three months but if you use the air conditioner on a regular basis then the filter should be changed monthly.
How to Change the Filter on a Central Unit
Here are three easy steps on how to change your air conditioner filter when needed.
Step 1: Shut off the system
Health and Safety first so, make sure to cut off the power completely before beginning the replacement process. Also, to prevent dust and debris entering into the unit during the cleaning process the power must be turned off.
Step 2: Remove the old filter
The most simple step, slide the filter out of the slot.
Step 3: Check the condition of the filter
Once the filter has been removed checked the condition of the filter by holding it up to a light and see how dirty and clogged it looks. If every light makes it through the filter it means it needs to be replaced.
Step 4: Insert the new filter
Before entering the new filter make sure it is done correctly by locating the arrow on the filter frame, which indicates what direction the air should flow through the filter. This will always be away from the return air duct and towards the air handler mechanism. When the filter is placed back into its intended spot, point the arrow away from the return and towards the air handler.
How to Change the Filter on Window Units
Step 1: Turn off the unit
Just like with the central unit you will need to disconnect the power before starting the process.
Step 2: Remove the cover
Remove the cover off the front of the air conditioner unit.
Step 3: Locate and remove the filter
Depending on the type of unit you have you may be able to just push or pull it out but with older units you might have to unscrew it to remove it.
Step 4: Clean or replace the filter
On most window air conditioners the filters are usually reusable by just shaking it off and vacuuming the dust. You should also rinse the filter with soapy water and leave it to dry. If the filter is disposable just replace it with a new one.
Step 5: Replace the cover
Once the filter has been changed just pop or screw the cover back on and then it will be safe to turn on and use.