When I go to my local “big box” home-improvement store, I am strangely drawn to the aisle where they sell air conditioning filters. Sometimes I am educated (or amused) by the vast assortment of AC filters. And, I am often distressed as I see people leave the store with an inexpensive filter that will cost them hundreds of dollars in AC repairs in the future. Let’s look at a few things that will help you make the right choice from the dozens available: Begin with a Good Fit Nearly every AC system is designed with a track for the filter. It may be in the blower unit, the ductwork or a grille. The
An AC filter change is one of the most effective things you can do as part of your AC system maintenance. Most filters are readily accessible, and the process is homeowner-friendly. Simple, but a few tips will help you do it like a pro. Locate the Filter Panel Filters are in one of three places: At a Wall or Ceiling Grille Wall and ceiling grilles have screws or latches to release the louvered center allowing it to pivot open to reveal the filter. If in the ceiling, be especially careful as parts can easily swing suddenly and cause injury. SAFETY FIRST – Always exercise ladder caution. Behind a Panel on
Studies have shown that air conditioner maintenance will extend equipment life. Air conditioner maintenance, when done properly, will keep equipment running efficiently and effective throughout its useful life. There are some things you, the homeowner, can do. And, then there are other things that require a trained service professional. Both are important. The Homeowner’s Role in A/C Maintenance There are several things that you, as the homeowner, can do for yourself. Most important, remember that every air-conditioner unit has moving parts and high-voltage (240 V) electrical components that can be dangerous. Except for the panel specifically designated “filter access”, never remove any panels from your air conditioner equipment for any reason.