If your air conditioning unit hasn’t been working the way it should lately, you may be wondering if a dirty air filter is to blame. The short answer to this question is, it absolutely might be! A dirty air filter can cause a host of problems that may cause, in the most extreme case, the complete breakdown of your AC.
If your AC is still working, our licensed technicians at Ambient Edge can take a look at your air filter and clean or replace it if necessary. If it’s too late, and your air conditioning unit has already suffered a breakdown, that’s okay – we can help with that too. We can even recommend a new AC unit for you in a worst-case scenario. Call us at (888) 240-8283, and we’ll get your home cooled off again in no time, by any means necessary.
Problems a Dirty AC Air Filter Can Cause
Sure, the air filter on an air conditioner is there to clean the air that comes into it, but it’s also actually an incredibly important part of the air conditioner. Cleaning the filter regularly, and changing it when it becomes un-cleanable, is crucial to ensuring a long and energy-efficient
life for your air conditioner.
Here are some of the issues a dirty AC filter can cause.
If anyone at your home suffers from allergies, they’re only going to get worse if you don’t regularly clean the AC’s air filter. This is because the allergens build up inside the unit, which eventually loosen and blow into the air that you breathe in. So, if you have pets, or regularly use chemical cleaning products, the dander and cleaning particles can become trapped in the filter and released into the air months later – along with dust and other debris. Yuck!
If you leave the filter dirty for too long, it can also accrue moisture, which can then lead to a mold problem. And mold is a health hazard whether you suffer from allergies or not.
When the air filter is dirty, the air conditioning unit struggles to run as efficiently as it did when the filter was clean. As a result, parts work harder than usual and ultimately break down before their time. Not only will you then have to pay to repair the unit, but you might even have to replace it before it has lived out the normal lifespan of an AC, which is typically 10 to 15 years.
There’s something an air conditioner does called “short cycling,” and even if you don’t know the name, you’ve probably experienced the sensation before.
Short cycling is the name for the process wherein the air conditioner keeps turning on and turning off again, seemingly every five minutes, all day long. While an air conditioner should normally cycle on when it senses an increase in temperature, and off when it has sufficiently cooled the room off, these cycles are shorter when you have a dirty air filter.
When the filter is clogged, particularly in a central air conditioning unit, the machine has to work harder to push air through it. As a result, you’ll notice hot and cool spots throughout your home, rather than an even temperature throughout.
Higher Energy Bills
When your system is working twice as hard to cool off your house, that means that it is using twice as much energy to do this. And, of course, energy doesn’t come free. If you do not perform regular maintenance on your AC’s air filter, you may eventually notice a problem in the form of higher energy bills every month.
When you leave an AC unit’s air filter clogged for too long, you may experience a failure of the entire system. This is because the unit can only work for so long at double power before it finally breaks down. This can cost you a pretty penny to repair it – and potentially thousands of dollars to replace it.
Has a Dirty Air Filter Got Your AC Unit Down? Call Ambient Edge!
Ambient Edge offers preventative maintenance contracts so that you never have to worry about a dirty air filter ruining your air conditioner’s performance. When you sign a preventative maintenance contract, we visit you twice a year to check on your system and ensure that everything is working as it should.
However, if it’s too late for that, and you’re already experiencing issues due to a dirty air filter, give us a call! We provide a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee on all our parts and labor. And we’re here for you whenever you need us – even if it’s in the middle of the night on a Sunday!
Give us a call at (888) 240-8283 or submit your information via the contact form on our website. Reach out to Ambient Edge today, and get back to enjoying that sweeter, cleaner, cooler air once again!