Does a Dirty Air Filter Make Your AC Stop Working?

A dirty air filter can cause a variety of problems in your air conditioner, the most serious of which is that it can cause the unit to stop working. When the air filter becomes clogged, it restricts the flow of cold air, leading to a buildup inside the air conditioner and a decrease in temperature. This can cause ice to form on the coils or evaporator, reducing the HVAC system's ability to remove heat from the air and eventually causing the unit to fail. To prevent this from happening, it is important to keep your air filter clean and in optimal condition.

Cleaning or replacing the filter regularly is essential for ensuring a long and energy efficient service life. Reusable filters should be removed from the air conditioning unit and rinsed in warm water. Disposable filters should be replaced with one that is the specific size and design for your system. Not only will a dirty air filter cause your AC to stop working, but it will also force your unit to consume more energy, costing you more money in monthly utility bills for poorer quality air.

Additionally, moisture can build up if the filter is left dirty for too long, leading to mold infestation. This means that dust and debris will enter your home, affecting indoor air quality. Replacing or cleaning your air filter is an easy and affordable step you can take compared to the cost of repairing or replacing your HVAC system. We recommend checking your air filter at least once a month, but advanced filters can last a little longer.

Air filters have a nominal cost compared to the cost of repairing or replacing your home's heating and cooling system. By taking this simple step, you can avoid all of these potential problems, improve energy efficiency, and help you avoid spending money on costly repairs. Come to Ambient Edge today and enjoy that sweeter, cleaner and fresher air once again.