What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter  

One of the most routine problems that we come acress at Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus is dirty air filters. They may seem like a very insignificant piece of the overall home comfort puzzle, but the role they play in helping us create comfort is a lot greater than most homeowners recognize. Regardless if it is cooling season or heating season, having a filthy air filter can cause a variety of concerns for your heating and AC system.  

So what exactly happens when you neglect to switch out your air filter? Here are a just a couple of the side effects you may encounter:  

  • Reduced airflow. This is easily the largest headache you’ll note when your home’s air filter is very clogged. The longer the air filter goes without being swapped out, the more dirt, dust and other particles build up. Of course, this inhibits air from passing through the filter as it should, meaning your system is working a lot harder to give you the same amount of air.  
  • Frozen coil. If your system is running harder as a result of a clogged air filter, you also run the chance of having the cooling coil freeze inside of the system, because it’s running overtime to give you cool air.  
  • Total loss of cooling or heating. This is also a probability if your air filter goes unattended for months and months on end. In essence, you will have worked your system so hard that something gives out or wears out and needs to be replaced or serviced.  
  • Short cycling. Short cycling means the heating and cooling system turns on and off more than it should. When your system short cycles, it can overheat or break down from the added work, possibly causing damage to your system.  

In addition to these, you can also expect:  

  • A shortened equipment lifecycle  
  • Decreased energy efficiency  
  • Decreased air quality  
  • Greater dust and debris  
  • Lack of comfort  

If you’re not sure when you last changed your air filter, it may be a good time to do so in order to avert any possible damage that could come with a dirty air filter. If you don’t know where your home’s air filter is located or you simply have a question about the various air filters available, give Stevenson Service Experts a call at 614-334-3192 or schedule an appointment online

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