Replacing the air filter in your air conditioner (AC) is an important part of routine maintenance. It helps keep your system running efficiently and reliably for years to come, and can help improve the air quality in your home. In this article, we'll provide a step-by-step guide on how to replace your AC filter. First, you'll need to turn off the unit.
If you have an electronic media filter, you don't need to worry about replacing it every 1-3 months. You can wait 6 months to a year before replacing it. However, it's important to make sure you replace it with the exact filter of the model. This may require ordering it on the brand's website to get an exact match.
Once you have the correct filter, you'll need to check the direction of the airflow. If the duct network that brings air to the oven is to the right of the oven, make sure that the arrow on the filter also points to the right. The size of your filter will also determine how often you need to replace it. For example, a basic 1-inch air filter will most likely need to be replaced more often than a larger 4-inch filter.
If it's only slightly covered, or if you can still see light through the filter material, you may want to clean the filter and check it again in another month. It may also be more convenient to buy replaceable filters if you don't want to take the time to wash the filter. If you're still not sure what type of filter to buy, take note of the make and model number (it should be on your oven panel) and ask your local hardware store or home warranty contractor for help. As filter inspections become part of your routine, you may want to purchase replacement filters in advance and have a clean filter available should an inspection say it's time to change them. The best air filter for your home depends on your needs and the type of HVAC system you have (especially if someone in your household has health problems that require the air in your home to be as clean as possible). You'll need these dimensions to buy a replacement filter if you don't already have a replacement filter in your home. In conclusion, replacing your AC filter is one of the easiest ways to ensure optimal system performance year after year.
As a provider of home warranty plans, we always want homeowners to follow the manufacturer's instructions on the correct filters. If you perform proper filter maintenance and your air conditioner or heater breaks down, your home warranty plan will repair or replace your HVAC unit.