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There are plenty of things that your air conditioner can have trouble with. In many cases, those problems are best handled by professionals like those at Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to make things easier on your AC system tho.

When it comes to keeping your AC unit in good shape, one of the easiest things that you can do to help your system and your home comfort is to check and change out your AC filter. Let us explain why a dirty air filter can hinder your AC system’s operation and harm your comfort over time.

The Role of Your AC Filter

We want to clarify what the air filter is that we are talking about. The filter we are discussing is the AC air filter that is placed in the return air duct for your system. Rather than protecting your home from dust or debris, the purpose of this filter is to protect the internal workings of your air conditioner.

3 Problems a Dirty Air Filter Creates

Over time, your air filter is going to collect an increasing amount of dust and other debris. This can cause a few different issues that can seriously harm your system and your overall comfort. What’s more, they are ultimately avoidable. Here are three problems a dirty air filter might cause for your air conditioner:

  1. Low airflow: When a filter is coated in dust, dirt, fur, and other debris, it doesn’t just look displeasing, it creates comfort problems too. All that build-up is going to reduce the amount of air that is able to pass through the filter and into your system. Less air in your AC system means less cool air being provided to your home.
  2. Short cycling: Less air getting into your air conditioner can hinder its ability to run properly. This can show up as short cycling, or interrupted and shortened cooling cycles. Short cycling is harmful to your AC system and doesn’t help your comfort either.
  3. Ice build-up on your evaporator coil: Last but certainly not least, a clogged air filter that stops airflow can cause ice to build up on your AC system’s evaporator coil. With no steady airflow to cool, the coil will continuously cool the air around itself, eventually leading to the development of ice. As you may have guessed, this harms your system and your comfort too.

We Can Help Solve the Problem

If your air conditioner is having trouble, it never hurts to check your air filter and see if it needs to be cleaned (if it is a reusable model) or changed out. If you aren’t comfortable with doing this task on your own, we are happy to help.

Our team includes a filter change as a part of our maintenance services. This service also includes a variety of additional tasks that will all help to optimize your system operation. When you schedule your air conditioning services with us, you can benefit from our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating to get started Kick back and relax, we’ll keep you cool.

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