In any forced-air HVAC system, the filter must be subject to constant maintenance. While this upkeep isn’t necessarily demanding, you can’t afford to neglect it if you want to avoid the most common AC, furnace and heat pump problems.
In this post, Air Products & Services talks about the four most frequent misuses of HVAC air filters and the resulting consequences.
Letting the Filter Become Clogged
Any reliable AC troubleshooting system expert will admit that the filter is destined to clog. After all, its job is to catch and trap air pollutants such as dust and pet dander. Eventually, however, a clogged filter will become inefficient at performing this sole duty due to its limited capacity. Since the filter has to let air in too, it can’t stay clogged for too long.
Forgetting to change a disposable filter or wash a reusable one will spell disaster for your HVAC system. It’s imperative to know the exact kind of air filter you have and familiarize yourself with the maintenance requirements recommended by its manufacturer.
Buying an Undersized Filter
If your filter is too small for your HVAC system, expect to schedule a furnace, heat pump or AC repair sooner rather than later. The gaps an undersized unit leaves uncovered will allow pollutants to enter and contaminate your heating or cooling equipment.
Installing an Incompatible Filter
Think twice before you buy a high-efficiency air filter. If you pair it with an HVAC system that lacks the suction power to pull in enough air, your heating or cooling unit could break down.
Forgetting to Use One
Running a forced-air HVAC system with no filter is an unmitigated catastrophe waiting to happen. Technically, the heating or cooling equipment will still work, but it will be defenseless against the impurities in the air. Generate heat or cold air without a filter long enough, and you’ll probably have to schedule a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner replacement in no time.
If your HVAC system is acting strange despite the fact that you observe proper air filter maintenance at all times, contact Air Products & Services. Call (818) 989-2030 to schedule an appointment with us in Tarzana, CA.