What Happens If You Don’t Change Your HVAC Filters?

What Happens If You Don’t Change Your HVAC Filters?

The typical cost of an extensive HVAC repair service or a full installation dwarfs the cost of routine maintenance and inspection. Proper care of your heating and cooling unit, including the ducts and vents that circulate the air, helps minimize problems and can even extend your system’s life span. Moreover, it also helps optimize your unit’s energy efficiency, saving you money on utility costs.

Unfortunately, despite its advantages, many homeowners still fail at maintaining their HVAC properly. One common maintenance step that’s often neglected involves your filters. Over time, dirt, dust and other debris can build up within the filters and obstruct your air flow. Let our specialists at McLay Plumbing and Heating give you tips on how to deal with clogged filters.

Problems Caused by Poor Air Circulation

In addition to affecting the efficiency of your HVAC, poor airflow can also cause a “blow-out” in your system. This results in absolutely no circulation at all, forcing your heating and cooling unit to work harder just to maintain normal temperatures. Not only will this rack up your electric (or gas) charges, it will also wear out your system that much quicker.

Replacing Your Filters

Our HVAC experts at McLay Plumbing recommend a full inspection of your system once every season or, at the very minimum, once a year. However, your filters will need more frequent replacement or cleaning than that because of the contaminants that continuously pass through them as long as your system is in use. Depending on your home’s environment and needs, as well as your heating and cooling unit, you should replace your filters at least once every 60 days. You can stretch the replacement schedule out a little further if needed, but don’t go more than 90 days between replacements.

We Can Help Keep Your HVAC Units Running Perfectly

At McLay, we’re your number one trusted provider of plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems and services. Give us a call at (909) 326-6106 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a service visit today. You may also get a free estimate for new installations.

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